Turning cramped 70-seat regional jets into more spacious 50-seat aircraft addresses a major short-term need for United Airlines—adding premium seats to its growing regional fleet while complying with labor-contract limitations—and gives Bombardier a glimmer of hope of stimulating additional demand for its lone remaining commercial aircraft product line. United and Bombardier unveiled plans to reconfigure CRJ700s with 50 seats and 65,000-lb. maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), and ...

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