In May 1991, Bombardier rolled out its Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) and the regional airline world changed forever. With the introduction of the 50-seat jet, a regional air carrier system of propeller-driven aircraft -- mainly turboprops of 19 or 30 seats -- began a long transition into big-time jet operations. At the time, the introduction of the regional jet was considered by many industry observers to be a bold experiment. Now, on the 10th anniversary of the CRJ roll-out, the ...

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