October 19, 1992, was a special day for Lufthansa CityLine: It was the world’s first airline to receive a Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Lufthansa was a major driving force for the start of the series, and to this day, 35 CRJs of the latest generation form a crucial part of the fleet of Lufthansa CityLine. From today onwards, a CRJ900 will therefore carry a large-scale special logo with the anniversary message across Europe.
The concept of a twin-engine regional aircraft, which combines the flexibility of smaller, usually propeller-driven engines with the comfort and travel speed of jet engines, was revolutionary at the time. Over the past two and a half decades, the CRJ underwent continuous further development. Today’s CRJ900 is hardly comparable to the first model. Based on the original 50-seater CRJ100 and CRJ200, the CRJ700 evolved. Today’s CRJ900 is a veritable medium-haul aircraft with around 90 seats that serves European destinations from Ancona to Zagreb at Lufthansa CityLine. Many core elements have remained the same, however: Passenger comfort, its specific seating capacity which makes the connection to regional destinations economically viable, short turnaround times and its agility in flight, which is not only a joy for pilots.
Photo: Lufthansa CityLine.