American splits RJ order between E-Jets and CRJs

American Airlines has signed orders for 30 firm Bombardier CRJ900 NextGens and 60 Embraer 175s.

The company also has options for up to 40 more CRJ900s and up to 90 more E175s.

The company says the move is consistent with its Plan of Reorganization and Merger Agreement, with the aircraft replacing smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement.

"It's been an exciting week for American Airlines," remarked Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice-president–regional carriers. "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 will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs."

The CRJ900s will be configured with 12 First Class, 32 Main Cabin Extra and 32 Main Cabin seats and will be operated on American’s behalf by PSA Airlines. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014. "PSA's strong economics makes it a perfect fit for the new aircraft," remarked Hashimoto.

The Embraer 175s 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. The company will announce which regional carrier will fly the E175s at a later date. This order means that in 2013 Embraer has received firm orders and options for more than 700 E-Jets from US airlines for both current-generation and the E-Jets E2s.

The CRJ900s and E175s from this order will fly in the American Eagle livery.

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