Bombardier CRJ700 Engine Upgrade Offers Important Cost Savings

Bombardier adds value to its CRJ family of aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace announced today an engine upgrade for the Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, that will offer operators savings of up to 15 per cent in engine maintenance costs over 15 years.

The program upgrades the General Electric CF34-8C1 engine of the CRJ700 jetliner to a variant of the CF34-8C5 engine used on the Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The new engine, designated the CF34-8C5B1, is scheduled to be fitted to production CRJ700 aircraft starting in the second quarter of 2005.

Operators will realize maintenance cost savings because the new engine will be operated at lower thrust levels than the CF34-8C5, extending its time in service before overhaul, extending the life of engine parts and lowering direct maintenance costs.

General Electric is offering existing operators the opportunity to upgrade their engines when they come due for their first major shop visit. This will allow the current in-service CRJ700 fleet to take advantage of the new CF34-8C5B1 engine.

The upgrade will provide a common engine for the CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft, allowing a single spare engine type to support a mixed CRJ700/CRJ900 fleet, thereby simplifying fleet management and significantly reducing spares investment. The upgrade will also enable General Electric to focus its development efforts and resources on a single engine type to continue to introduce further engine improvements.

"The introduction of a common engine for the CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft increases the overall parts commonality between the two aircraft types to a very high level," said Rod Williams, vice-president, Aircraft Programs, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "This represents a considerable savings in spares and maintenance costs."

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For information:
Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Aerospace
(416) 375-3030

www.bombardier.com