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It's all about the numbers: Comair launched the RJ revolution in the US and continues to add more units, but the financial equation has changed.(Profile)

The numbers hold a certain fascination for Comair CEO Randy Rademacher: The 100th anniversary of powered flight, the 10th anniversary of CRJ service for his Regional airline, the 1,000th CRJ to roll off Bombardier's production line and the record-breaking 10 million passengers carried by Comair last year. All of those numbers came together in December and Rademacher couldn't help but smile as he ticked them off one by one, noting the significance of each. Each is a measure of success and tenacity and they help tell the story of Comair over the past decade.

In early December, Rademacher and a few dozen employees made a pilgrimage of sorts to Bombardier's regional jet assembly plant in Montreal to take delivery of the airline's latest CRJ700, which also was the 1,000th CRJ delivered by the Canadian manufacturer. Comair was the first CRJ operator in North America (the first airplane went to Lufthansa CityLine) and the handover was at once a moment of celebration and a time to reflect on the ways in which the RJ has revolutionized the airline industry since it entered service in 1993. …

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