Posted on: 06 December 2012 by Mark Howells
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 40 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and taken options on an additional 30 of the type.
The aircraft will be configured with 76 seats in a two-class cabin and will be operated by Delta Connection carriers to be determined by Delta Air Lines.
"We selected Bombardier’s CRJ900 NextGen aircraft specifically because it is proven to be the most cost-efficient jet aircraft in its class for our operations and this regional jet satisfies perfectly the agreement that we have made with our pilots to add 70 more 76-seat jetliners to our fleet," commented Ed Bastian, president, Delta Air Lines. "We have selected the CRJ aircraft for our restructuring plan based on the strength and reliability of their performance with our Delta Connection carriers over the years."
Delta Connection carriers currently fly 466 CRJ Series aircraft – 286 CRJ200s, 79 CRJ700s and 101 CRJ900s – making it the world’s largest CRJ aircraft fleet. The CRJ900 airliners in the Delta Connection fleet include 57 flown by Pinnacle Airlines, 16 by ExpressJet Airlines and 28 by SkyWest Airlines.
"Building on a relationship that is 20 years strong, we are delighted that Delta continues to select Bombardier CRJ regional jets to replenish its fleet," remarked Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "CRJ aircraft have been in service with Delta Connection carriers since 1993 when Comair became the first North American airline to operate the CRJ100. Since then, Delta has been a steady Bombardier CRJ customer and has been a major contributor to the worldwide success of the CRJ aircraft programme. We look forward to a continuing strong relationship with Delta and we have every confidence in our ability to provide innovative solutions to meet the airline’s business requirements."