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Bombardier and Embraer spar over 50-seater replacement

March 13, 2019 / EDWARD RUSSELL

Bombardier and Embraer have differing views on how to replace the aging 50-seat regional jet fleet around the world. Montreal-based Bombardier launched the CRJ550, a re-certified variant of the CRJ700 with 50 seats to allow for the addition of a premium product, as a replacement in February, while Embraer insists that the marketplace needs a new technology aircraft. The CRJ550 is the 50-seater replacement," said Ross Mitchell, vice-president of commercial operations at Bombardier, touting the flexibility of the CRJ family at the ISTAT Americas conference in Orlando on 12 March.