New American Airlines orders up to 150 Embraer E-175s and 70 Bombardier CRJ900s

Newly formed American Airlines Group has signed a firm purchase agreement for 60 Embraer E-175 jets with options for another 90 E-175s, as well as a firm order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets with options for 40 more aircraft.

Embraer said the E-175 firm orders are valued at $2.5 billion at list prices. The manufacturer said American will configure the aircraft with 12 first-class, 12 main cabin extra and 44 economy seats. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2015.

Bombardier said the CJ900 firm order value is $1.42 billion at list prices, which could increase to $3.38 billion if the 40 options are converted into firm orders.

The American CRJ900s will have a package of NextGen enhancements, which include upgraded avionics and engine improvements for further fuel-burn savings.

American said, “We’ve closed our merger with US Airways Group, 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.”