Bombardier announced that American Airlines has signed a firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.
This order was announced on December 30, 2014 and followed American exercising 24 of 40 previously booked CRJ900 NextGen aircraft options. The options were originally acquired as part of American’s large regional jet order announced in December 2013.
As previously announced by Bombardier, based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $1.14 billion US.
“We are pleased to add these new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to our growing fleet and see the award as a reflection of American’s continued confidence in PSA to provide friendly, reliable and cost-effective regional services for American’s customers,” said Dion Flannery, President, PSA Airlines. “We are proudly building, from a foundation of strength, one of the largest regional service providers for the world’s largest airline.”
“Having fostered a relationship that spans over 15 years, Bombardier is proud to once again stand alongside American and its regional subsidiary PSA Airlines as PSA prepares to integrate an additional 24 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into its all-Bombardier aircraft fleet,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We congratulate American on the success of its merger and are honored to see American’s continued confidence in our CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
“As the CRJ NextGen family of aircraft re-asserts itself as the benchmark in regional aviation, we are seeing the benefits of our most recent investments in the program; the resulting enhancements to the aircraft have strengthened their performance and reliability, and have positioned them exceedingly well to meet airline requirements in developed and emerging markets for many years to come,” added Mr. Arcamone.
PSA will induct the 24 additional CRJ900 NextGen aircraft beginning in November 2015, with all aircraft being received by August 2016. These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will be operated under the American Eagle brand and will provide American’s customers with a seamless transition between mainline and regional flights. The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft offers modern cabin elements including oversized overhead bins, all-leather seating and inflight Wi-Fi. The 76-seat jet features a two-class configuration with 12 First Class, 36 Main Cabin Extra and 28 Main Cabin seats, allowing American to offer an unsurpassed regional customer experience in its most competitive markets.
Including this latest order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,858 CRJ Series aircraft, including 384 CRJ900 andCRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide.