Sat, Oct 08, 2005
First Operator In Europe To Announce CRJ900 Order
Bombardier Aerospace announced
Friday that Styrian Sprit of Graz, Austria has signed a contract to
acquire one Bombardier CRJ900 jetliner.
"The commonality between the CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft was very
important to us in our decision to order a CRJ900 rather than
another CRJ700," said Otmar Lenz, Chief Executive Officer, Styrian
Spirit. "We get a larger aircraft, which we need on some of our
routes, yet because of the commonality we will save a substantial
amount of money on crewing, maintenance and spare parts."
"With fuel costs the way they are, airlines are requiring larger
aircraft with better operating economics," said Steven Ridolfi,
President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "The Bombardier CRJ900
aircraft has the lowest operating costs in its class. We are
confident that the CRJ900 will serve Styrian Spirit and its
passengers very well."
The Styrian Spirit CRJ900 jetliner will be outfitted with 88
seats and equipped with the Enhanced Performance Package (EPP)
certificated in May, 2005. The EPP provides improved take-off and
landing distances by combining the optimization of wing
leading-edge devices and a redesigned winglet that results in an
improved lift/drag ratio. The improved airfield performance pays
special dividends at airports that are constrained by field length,
surrounding obstructions or hot weather/high altitude conditions.
The winglet contributes to even lower fuel consumption than the
previous configuration offered.
Styrian Spirit began operations on March 24, 2003 with three
previously owned Bombardier CRJ200 50-seat jets and later acquired
one new CRJ200 and one new CRJ700 airliner from Bombardier Regional
Aircraft. The airline currently serves nine destinations in
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