16 DECEMBER 2013
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On 12 December Bombardier Aerospace announced a deal with American Airlines for 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft along with options on an additional 40.
Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order contract is valued at approximately US$1.42 billion and could increase to approximately US$3.38 billion if the 40 options are converted into firm orders.
In addition to a 4% improvement in fuel burn already achieved with the ‘NextGen’ package, enhancements to the aircraft’s powerplant and on-going weight reduction initiatives, which include upgraded avionics, will offer a further reduction of up to 1.5%. Altogether, this represents a 5.5% fuel burn reduction over the earlier generation CRJ900 aircraft, and up to 5% lower fuel burn compared to announced competitive, in-production jets in the same seat class.
“It’s been an exciting week for American Airlines,” said Peter Warlick, Vice President, Fleet Planning, American Airlines. “We’ve closed our merger with US Airways Group, Inc. and as we begin the work to harmonize the American and US Airways operations, an agreement like this with Bombardier will greatly improve our ability to optimize our flying with the right aircraft to meet customer demand. This order will allow American to lower costs by replacing older aircraft.” www.bombardier.com www.aa.com
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