Bombardier Will Not Replace CRJ's CF34s With New Engines
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June 22, 2018 - BY: JON HEMMERDINGER - FlightGlobal
Bombardier has ruled out updating its CRJ line of regional aircraft with currently-available new engines, saying additional weight of new engines would largely erode improvements in engine efficiency.
The equation is not positive for putting those new engines on the plane," Bombardier vice-president and head of marketing Patrick Baudis says on 21 June. "Today, we think we have the right engine on that platform."
Questions have persisted for several years about whether Bombardier will equip CRJs with new engines in a move to modernise the regional jet and to improve fuel efficiency.
Observers have suggested that a modified version of GE Aviation's Passport engine could do the job.
GE CF34 engines now power the CRJ line, which includes the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000.
Such a move would...