The aircraft was based on the Canadair Challenger design, which was purchased by Canadair from Learjet in 1976. The wide fuselage of the Challenger suggested early on to Canadair officials that it would be straightforward to stretch the aircraft to accomomodate more seats. In 1987, studies began for a much more ambitious stretched configuration, leading to the formal launch of the Canadair Regional Jet program in the spring of 1989. The "Canadair" name was retained despite the fact that Bombardier had bought out the company. The first of three development machines for the initial CRJ100 performed its first flight on 10 May 1991. The type obtained certification in late 1992, with initial delivery to customers late in that year.
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Years Manufactured: 1991 - 2016
Platform Type: Fixed Wing, Passenger
Initial Maker: Bombardier/Canadair
Final Maker: Bombardier/Canadair