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First upgraded CRJ900 NextGen for American Airlines unveiled

Bombardier Aerospace has displayed the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft ordered by American Airlines Group in December 2013 and to be operated by PSA Airlines under the American Eagle brand.

The purchase agreement also included options on an additional 40 of the type.

The aircraft was shown to American Airlines employees during a celebratory event at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

American Airlines is the first customer to benefit from the CRJ900 NextGen’s latest enhancements, which provide up to 5.5% fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft.

"The new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliner will optimise our fleet to fly the right size aircraft to the appropriate markets and lower operating costs by replacing older aircraft," explained Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice-president – regional carriers, American Airlines. "We look forward to introducing it to our customers later this year."

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