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Encyclopedia > Canadair Regional Jet

The Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) is a small Canadian airliner based originally on the Canadair Challenger business jet. It is in service with airlines in the US, Europe and the Far East, including Mesa Airlines in the US, Lufthansa in Germany, Comair in the US, Brit Air in France and Duo Airways in the UK.

Design studies commenced in 1987, with the first prototype flying on May 10 1991.


  • CRJ_100 _ original 52_seat version
  • CRJ_200 _ similar to CRJ_100, but with improved engines
  • CRJ_700 _ stretched 70_seat version. The CRJ_700 is equipped with the General Electric CF34_2C10 engine. Maximum speed is Mach .85 at a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet. Competes with the Embraer 170. CRJ-700 comes in two subvariants - Series 701 and Series 705 - which differ slightly in dimensions and seating capacity.
  • CRJ-900 - stretched 86-seat version. Competes with the Embraer 175.


Variant CRJ-100ER/LR CRJ-200ER/LR CRJ-700
(Series 701)
Wing span
27.77m (87ft 10in)
21.21m (69ft 7in)
6.22m (20ft 5in)
27.77m (87ft 10in)
21.21m (69ft 7in)
6.22m (20ft 5in)
32.51m (106ft 8in)
23.24m (76ft 3in)
7.57m (24ft 10in)
36.40m (119ft 4in)
23.24m (76ft 3in)
7.51m (24ft 7in)
Takeoff Thrust
Thrust APR
GE CF34-3Aq (2)
38.83 kN (8,729 lbs)
41.01 kN (9,220 lbs)
GE CF34-3B1 (2)
38.83 kN (8,729 lbs)
41.01 kN (9,220 lbs)
GE CF-34-8C1 (2)
56.4 kN (12,670 lbs)
61.3 kN (13,790 lbs)
GE CF34-8C5 (2)
58.4 kN (13,123 lbs)
63.4 kN (14,255 lbs)
Zero Fuel Weight (ZFW)
Max Payload
19,958 kg (44,000 lbs)
6,124 kg (13,500 lbs)
19,958 kg (44,000 lbs)
6,124 kg (13,500 lbs)
19,731 kg (43,500 lbs)
8,527 kg (18,800 lbs)
21,432 kg (47,250 lbs)
10,319 kg (22,250 lbs)
Maximum Range ER: 3,045 km (1,895 mi)
LR: 3,713km (2,300 mi)
3,121 km (1,939 mi)
ER: 3,676 km (2,284 mi)
2,887 km (1,794 mi)
ER: 3,327 km (2,067 mi)
Seating Capacity 52 pass. 52 pass. 70 pass. 86 pass.

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