Bombardier Aerospace Jet Airliner Spotting Guide


Bombardier Aerospace  competes with Brazilian-based Embraer for the title of the world's third largest aircraft manufacturer behind Boeing and Airbus. It offers the CRJ Series and C Series of airliners.

It has delivered more than 2,450 commercial aircraft and over 3,400 business aircraft worldwide. Bombardier is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.

The company manufactures a series of business jet, passenger jet, and DHC Dash-8 (Q-Series) turboprop aircraft.

Bombardier CRJ Series Spotting Tips and Photographs

Bombardier's CRJ Series includes these models:

  • CRJ-100 - seating for 50 passengers (out of production)
  • CRJ-200 - seating for 50 passengers (out of production)
  • CRJ-700 - seating for 70 passengers
  • CRJ-900 - seating for 90 passengers
  • CRJ-1000 - seating for 100 passengers

The T-tail CRJ has one engine mounted on each side of the aft fuselage.

Nearly 1,900 of the CRJ series have been ordered to date, and is in service with more than 60 airlines worldwide.

Bombardier CRJ-200 D-ACRF of Lufthansa Regional, showing the two engines mounted on the aft fuselage.
Lufthansa Regional Bombardier CRJ-200 D-ACRF

Three Bombardier CRJ Model 900 Series airliners

Shown below is a side-by-side comparison of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet (top) and an Embraer ERJ jet (bottom)
Side-by-side comparison of a Bombardier CRJ regional jet and an Embraer ERJ regional jet

Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets
Comparison of the nose sections of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets

Comparison of the tail structures of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets
Comparison of the tail structures of the Bombardier CRJ (top) and Embraer ERJ (bottom) regional jets

Bombardier C Series Photographs and Spotting Tips

The C Series single-aisle jetliner now being introduced by Bombardier carries from 100-150 passengers, and includes the CS100 and CS300 models. Deliveries began in 2016.

One engine is mounted under each wing in the C Series aircraft, and the wings feature winglets on the ends.

The design is 100% new, from nose to tail. The C Series cabin was designed to provide the widest seats on a single-aisle aircraft, the largest windows and up to 30% more carry-on bags.

Bombardier CS100 in a landing approach
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
BBombardier CS100 in a landing approach

Bombardier CS100 in flight
(Photo courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace)
Bombardier CS100 in flight

Bombardier CS100 of Swiss Air, registration HB-JBA, one of the initial CS100 deliveries
Bombardier CS100 of Swiss Air, registration HB-JBA, one of the initial CS100 deliveries

The cockpit windshield configuration (side view) of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787
The cockpit windshield configuration of the Bombardier CS100 compared with the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787

The configuration of the cockpit windshield (front view), on the Bombardier CS100 with its 4-piece windshield. For comparison, the windshields of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are also shown.
The configuration of the cockpit windshield, seen from a front view, on the Bombardier CS100 with its 4-piece windshield. For comparison, the windshields of the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 are also shown.

The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)
The chart below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Bombardier CS100 (top) and the Embraer E175 (below)