Bombardier is undertaking a program review of its CRJ. Having sold off the water bomber, C Series and the Q400, the CRJ lives as something of a commercial orphan. Bombardier has now decided to compress its aerospace business further, selling off key aerostructures assets. A new division, Bombardier Aviation, will now house the business jets and the CRJ.

The CRJ is something of an enigma. It was what got Bombardier into the commercial aerospace business. Now it all that’s left. On the face of it, this could be a nostalgic story and a good dose of sadness.

Actually, it’s not and here’s why.

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