MONTREAL – BUSINESS – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that American Airlines, Inc. (“American”), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., 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.
Including this latest order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,858 CRJ Series aircraft, including 384 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and over 60 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft in more than 50 countries on six continents. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.5 billion passengers and have logged more than 41 million flight hours and over 34 million takeoffs and landings.
About CRJ NextGen aircraft
Bombardier revolutionized regional aviation with its CRJ Series aircraft which continuously move the world forward. As the world’s most successful family of regional aircraft, a CRJ regional jet departs every 10 seconds linking people and communities together. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, CRJ NextGen aircraft deliver best-in-class economics and set the benchmark for lowest fuel burn and operating costs; they also offer proven reliability, fleet commonality and enhanced passenger comfort. The CRJ NextGen regional jets are designed for hub expansion and point-to-point services, enabling operators to create and develop new markets and increase frequencies for decades to come.