United Airlines becomes the launch customer of Bombardier's new CRJ550

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Montreal - Today, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier officially announced its new aircraft program CRJ 550, a regional jet that it is first of its kind in the world.

Bombardier's CRJ 550, is a 50-seat, a triple - class variant of the CRJ Family. These features make the aircraft the first example of its kind in the world.

The first customer of the aircraft became United Airlines. The airline has ordered 50 units for its regional partner GoJet operating under the United Express brand.

Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, thinks that the new CRJ550 is the only viable solution in North America to replace the aging 50-seat jets, a market of around 700 jets.

According to Cromer, CRJ550 will offer a more comfortable travel experience for passengers with more living space and legroom, compared to current jets that are in service in the same segment.

Bombardier's new jet will also feature a self-serve station for beverages and snacks.

United is expected to receive the first copy later this year. The company aims to have 25 CRJ550 in service by year-end with its regional brand United Express and the remaining 25 aircraft by the summer of 2020.

United's CRJ 550s will be configured to accommodate 10 passengers in First Class, 20 in Economy Plus, and 20 in Economy.