American Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners, and taken options on an additional 40. The AA-aircraft will be the first to receive an enhanced engine and more weight reductions and upgraded avionics.
According to Bombardier the aircraft will use 5.5 per cent less fuel compared to the first generation of CRJ900s. The deal with American Airlines is worth US$ 1.42 billion and may run up to 3.38 billion dollar if the 40 options are converted into firm orders. The CRJ900s will have 12 First Class, 32 Main Cabin Extra and 32 Main Cabin seats, and the firm order of CRJ900 aircraft will be operated on behalf of American by PSA Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. American expects to begin taking delivery of the CRJ900s in the second quarter of 2014.
With the American Airlines ordered included, Bombardier has now 1,812 CRJ Series aircraft ordered, including 339 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGens.
American also has firm orders for 60 Embraer E175 type aircraft with options for up to 90 more. They will feature 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, and American expects to begin taking delivery in the first quarter of 2015. During 2013, including this order from American Airlines, Embraer has received firm orders and options for more than 700 E-Jets from U.S. airlines for both current-generation and the E-Jets E2s.
Both the CRJ900 and the E175 will fly in the American Eagle livery. Both the CRJ900 and the E175 are powered by General Electric CF34-8 engines.
Source: Bombardier / American Airlines / Embraer