American Airlines has entered into new agreements with Bombardier and Embraer to purchase 90 new 76-seat regional jets to replace its current in-service fleet of 50-seat regional aircraft, the Texas-based carrier said Thursday Dec. 12.
The new announcement follows the closing of American's merger with US Airways on Tuesday Dec. 10. American has firm orders for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with options for 40 additional aircraft. With Embraer, American placed a firm order for 60 E175 type aircraft and options for 90 more.
"Now that we've closed our merger with US Airways, we can deliver a top-tier regional product that offers a First Class cabin, Main Cabin Extra and in-flight Wi-Fi — important elements of an improved flying experience for our customers. These new regional jets are also a big win for our employees at our regional subsidiary, and will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs," said Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president of regional operations at American.
GE Aviation CF34-8 engines power both the CRJ900 and E175. American Eagle, the airline's regional subsidiary, will incorporate the newly purchase aircraft into its fleet beginning with the first deliveries scheduled for 2014.