Delta are adding more aircraft to their regional fleet, with an order for 20 Bombardier CRJ-900.
Whilst 20 CRJ’s are normally not a lot to write about, this has something of intrest in terms of passenger experience – as it will launch the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Family regional jets.
The ATMOSPHÈRE cabin by Bombardier is a take on the refreshed cabin to improve passenger amenities and comfort to a regional type aircraft, with the following levels of improvements;
- A larger passenger living space
- Wheel-first roller bag capability (larger overhead bin)
- More spacious lavatory
- Increased cabin connectivity options
- And a new cabin design
Let’s have a look at some of these elements that make up the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin.
The entrance-way- Whilst not as dramatic as an A350, it makes use of the space in a controlled manner.
The order is worth US $961 million at list prices. These planes will be in a two class configuration with 70 seats aboard. 12 will be first class seats in a 1-2 formation, whilst the rest will be economy class seats.
On the order, Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft stated:
“We are thrilled that Delta continues to select the CRJ Series as the airline looks into the future growth of its regional operations,”
“Together with Delta, we have driven the development of regional aviation in the U.S., and we are looking forward to further enhancing regional air travel with the launch of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin with our long-standing and esteemed customer.”
The new CRJ-900 aircraft with ATMOSPHÈRE cabin will fly under the Delta Connection brand in a comfortable two-class regional jet configuration with 70 seats.
It’s positive to see improvements and innovation in the cabin – and those to aircraft – especially in the regional space where space is at a premium.
How this will turn up in the real world will be one to watch.
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