6 NOVEMBER 2017
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The trend towards US carriers equipping their fleets with aircraft from overseas manufacturers continued last week after American Airlines confirmed a firm order with Embraer for ten short- to mid-range E175s.
The Brazilian company already has a firm foothold in the US market with aircraft joining the United Airlines fleet in May 2014 and starting service with Delta Connection in September last year.
With its new order, American is exercising purchase rights from its original contract with Embraer signed in 2013. The new contract, valued at US$457m, is in addition to one placed in April for four aircraft. Deliveries are set to begin next year.
Combined with the airline’s two previous orders for the E175, the new contract gives a total of 74 E175s for American. The airline’s subsidiary Envoy will operate the ten latest aircraft with 12 seats in First Class, 20 in Main Cabin Extra and 44 in Main Cabin.
With the new contract, Embraer has sold more than 390 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in the 76-seat jet segment.
• American is increasing domestic services out of Washington Reagan Airport next year, with flights to Little Rock and Myrtle Beach via Republic Airlines and Tallahassee, Destin/Ft Walton Beach and Montgomery by PSA Airlines.
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