AirVolga to launch Bombardier CRJ200 service in Russia
At a press conference in Volgograd, AirVolga announced that it is preparing to start service with two previously owned CRJ200 LR regional jets acquired from a third party.
AirVolga has stated that the CRJ200 LR aircraft are part of a strategy to modernize its fleet, and that they may acquire additional previously owned Bombardier 50-seat regional jets.
From AirVolga’s hub at Volgograd International Airport, the CRJ200 LR aircraft will initially fly within Russia, and to Armenia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Powered by two advanced General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofan engines, AirVolga’s CRJ200 LR aircraft can cruise at speeds up to Mach 0.81 (860 km/h, 464 knots, 534 mph), and their maximum range with 50 passengers is 2,820 km (1,525 nm, 1,752 sm).
The aircraft are certified to fly up to an altitude of 12,496 m (41,000 feet). The CRJ200 aircraft’s excellent operating economics and the benefits of commonality within the CRJ aircraft family provide customers with operational flexibility and cost savings potential.
Launched in March 1989, Bombardier’s CRJ Series family of airliners is now the world’s bestselling regional aircraft program, and has recorded 1,688 firm orders from more than 50 customers in Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East.
As of April 30, 2009, Bombardier had delivered 1,542 CRJ Series (including 1,021 CRJ100/200/440) aircraft to customers. The worldwide fleet of CRJ100/200/440 aircraft had accumulated more than 19.7 million flight hours and over 17.0 million cycles as of April, 2009.