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End of an era: the very last CRJ jet leaves final assembly lineMIRABEL — Bombardier's very last CRJ (Canadair Regional Jet) aircraft leaves the final assembly line before joining the fleet of its operator Delta Air Lines. The aircraft is currently waiting for its engines for test flights. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...
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Probably the single most uncomfortable passenger jet aircraft in use.
It was but people forget that it replaced slower and less comfortable (and less safe) smaller turbo-props. Canadair/Bombardier created an all new sector of travel with the "Regional Jet" - that was not only fast and more comfortable than turbo-props - but also re-established Jet service to smaller cities that had been abandoned by the major carriers. Eventually Embraer came out with a more comfortable Regional Jet. I haven't been on the latest variants of the CRJ but from what I have seen it did look like Bombardier made improvements in interior comfort. Not the worst place to spend on a flight that average less than an hour. As a Canadian this feels like a sad end of an era when for a time a Canadian Jet invented and dominated a major segment of the commercial airline sector.
I found this video of the final interior design - in fact it is the cabin that is being supplied to Delta on this last CRJ. The final product didn't look to shabby. I would have no problem flying on a typical regional jet flight leg on this jet > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHzyTHj9k-I
Uncomfortable on many levels. Since the flap actuators are prone to malfunction in cold weather, the CRJ-200 models historically have a large number of "flapless " landings.
Definitely only acceptable for shorty (30 minutes give or take) flights where driving would be too much trouble.
I took an RJ from IAH to IND once. Never again.
I took a DL Connection flt DFW-MEX and it seemed like I was crossing the Atlantic.