Lufthansa CityLine has officially inaugurated Bombardier CRJ900 regional jet service with a recent flight from Bonn-Cologne to Westerland on the Frisian island of Sylt.
On board the flight were Dr. Thomas Dräger and Klaus Froese, co-Managing Directors of Lufthansa CityLine, James Dailly, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bombardier Regional Aircraft, members of the media and other invited guests.
Lufthansa CityLine has ordered all four variants of the Bombardier CRJ family, the 50-seat CRJ100 and CRJ200, 70-seat CRJ700 and 90-seat CRJ900, totalling 77 aircraft.
Since the Bombardier CRJ900 entered airline service with Mesa Airlines in 2003, the aircraft, along with its sister aircraft, the Bombardier CRJ705, have proven to be economical, flexible and passenger and airport friendly. Eight additional airlines – Lufthansa CityLine, Arik Air in Nigeria, Air Nostrum in Spain, Atlasjet Airlines in Turkey, Air One in Italy, MAT Macedonian Airlines, U.S.-based SkyWest and Air Canada Jazz –have now placed firm orders for a total of 117 CRJ900 and CRJ705 aircraft.
The CRJ900 feeds hub airports and has opened up new long-range markets for Mesa, Air Nostrum, MAT, Lufthansa CityLine and Air Canada Jazz; it has enabled Air One and Atlasjet to offer new low fare services; and it has ushered in state-of-the-art regional air travel in Nigeria with Arik Air.
“High fuel costs are eroding airlines’ ability to earn a profit, so an aircraft that combines excellent performance, low operating costs and exceptional passenger comfort is an absolute necessity,” said James Dailly. “The Bombardier CRJ900 fits that profile perfectly.”
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