With the Canadair Jet, Bombardier started the boom in the regionaljet market. In 1989, three years after the takeover of Canadair by Bombardier, the Canadair Regional Jet was presented. The first flight of the Canadair Jet 100 was in May 1991, in 1993 it got the certification and so launching customer DLT (today Lufthansa CityLine) could take its first CRJ into service.
The CRJ bases on the business jet Challenger CL-601. The fuselage was stretched about six metres and the takeoff weight was increased. Wings and gear were strengthened and more powerful engines by General Electric (CF34-3A1) were used. In 1995 the version -100 was replaced by version -200 with more powerful engines type CF34-3B1. According to the standard versions there are also the ER and LR with increased takeoff weight and a range up to 3700km.
The CRJ is constructed for 50 passengers and became a great success. Only six years after its certification, the 500th CRJ was ordered.
As a result of the great success of the CRJ100/200, Bombardier decided in 1997 to build the 70-seated CRJ-700. The CRJ was stretched about six metres, wings and tail were stretched, too. CF34-8C1 engines are used. To improve the view from the cabin outside, the cabin windows were highered and the cabin surface was lowered. Extra room for hand baggage was installed,too. Many airlines would have liked a completely new aircraft, as the on the CL-601 basing CRJ is very narrow, but for lack of better competitors on the regional aircraft market there some orders for the new CRJ, which got its certification in November 2000. Launching customer was Brit Air.
On the aviation exponation Farnborough 2000 Bombardier announced the production of the CRJ-900, which was stretched about four metres compared with the CRJ700. Launching customers are GECAS and Brit Air.