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CRJ1000 takes first flight.(RegionalNews)(Brief article)

Bombardier's CRJ1000 prototype took to the skies Sept. 3 from Montreal Mirabel for a 3 hr. 25 min. first flight, reaching a maximum speed of 260 kt. and an altitude of 30,000 ft. "The aircraft handled similarly to the smaller CRJ900 airliner so flight crews will not have a problem transitioning," pilot Jacques Thibaudeau said.

Bombardier launched the 100-seat CRJ1000 program in early 2007 and has tallied 63 firm orders, with first delivery slated for the 2009 fourth quarter. …

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