CRJ And Q400 Both Reported To Be Performing More Efficiently
According to its internal research, Bombardier says that both
the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet and Q400 turboprop airliner are
achieving better than expected fuel burn.
The company's statistics indicate that the CRJ1000 NextGen
aircraft is achieving a mission fuel consumption rate that is 4 per
cent better than estimated. The additional savings in fuel burn
results in an average annual savings of approximately $220,000 US
per aircraft. The improved fuel burn also directly results in a
four per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to
an average reduction of nearly 700 tons of greenhouse gases per
aircraft, each year.
The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is also reportedly achieving six
per cent greater range than previously estimated, providing
additional operational flexibility.
Since the aircraft's entry into service in December 2010, Brit
Air and Air Nostrum are both reporting the excellent passenger
appeal and very high reliability of the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft,
as shown by their scheduled completion rate of 99.9 per cent and
the aircraft's 99.4 per cent dispatch reliability.
Brit Air has ordered 14 CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, while Air
Nostrum has ordered 35. Introduced specifically to meet the needs
of growing regional airlines for jets with up to 100 seats, the
CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet offers superior economics, low
operating costs and proven cabin comfort. The aircraft is the
optimized solution in the regional airline industry for medium-haul
route applications, particularly for the replacement of
older-generation single-aisle aircraft in thin markets.
For operators of the Q400 turboprop, Bombardier said the
aircraft is on target to deliver up to 1.5 per cent in additional
fuel burn improvements, along with the two per cent improvement
already achieved during high-speed cruise.
"The Q400 turboprop continues to deliver the best overall
operating economics in its market segment, and Bombardier is
providing continuous improvements to the aircraft's product
offering, including a new business-class configuration, enhanced
navigation systems and a drop-down oxygen system to further extend
the operational capabilities of the aircraft," said Gary R. Scott,
President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
To give operators more flexibility, Bombardier confirmed
Thursday that it is offering a new dual-class configuration for the
Q400 NextGen aircraft. Later this year, Bombardier will deliver the
first Q400 NextGen aircraft with a business-class section,
featuring three-abreast seating for premium service and comfort.
The launch customer for the new cabin offering will be announced at
a later date. This new dual-class cabin configuration will also be
available as a retrofit for in-service aircraft.
Bombardier completed the development of an optional drop-down
oxygen system for the Q400 NextGen aircraft in December 2010 to
further extend the operational capabilities of the aircraft. The
system can provide up to 22 minutes of emergency oxygen and has
been ordered by customers that fly over mountain ranges for
extended periods of time.
To support greater efficiency in the use of airspace and allow
for shorter routings, additional fuel efficiencies, better obstacle
clearance and avoidance of noise-sensitive areas, Bombardier is on
track to complete its performance-based Required Navigation
Performance (RNP APCH) program for the Q400 NextGen aircraft later
this year. The RNP APCH capability will be provided as an optional
feature and is in accordance with the ICAO performance-based
navigation (PBN) manual. Updated capability statements will be
provided in the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM).
In addition, together with launch-customer Japan Air Commuter,
Bombardier has developed a Space-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)
option for the Q400 NextGen aircraft. SBAS, also referred to as
Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in North America, provides
greater navigation capabilities, less reliance on ground-based
navigation aids and the potential for more efficient air routes,
resulting in both time and fuel cost savings.