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Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
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Part of the Series: Constructing Australia
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Part of the Series: Raw to Ready
With an average of one take-off every three seconds, short-range regional jets are the backbone of domestic air travel. To withstand this high volume of flights, these jets need to be comfortable, durable, and fuel efficient, just like the Bomardier CRJ-1000. Raw materials come together to make these planes succeed…
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