7 MAY 2018
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American Airlines, which is rebuilding the fleets of two of its subsidaries, handed a boost to two regional jet manufacturers last week with orders at a combined list value of US$1.4bn for both Bombardier and Embraer.
The carrier has ordered 15 Bombardier CRJ900s and 15 Embraer E175s. The Bombardier order, worth $719m, includes options on an additional 15 CRJs. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of next year.
The CRJ900s, for American’s subsidiary PSA Airlines under the American Eagle brand, will have a 76-seat two-class layout, with accommodation for 12 First Class passengers.
They will also feature the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series, the Atmosphère cabin, which Bombardier says offers more passenger space and accommodates the largest number of "oversized" roller bags of any aircraft in the same category.
The Embraer E175 contract has a value of $705m based on current list prices and will also be supplied in a 76-seat, twin-class layout with 12 First Class seats.
The aircraft, the second Embraer order from American in just over six months, are destined for the Envoy Air subsidiary. Deliveries are expected between next March and November and will bring the total E175s ordered by American to 89.
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