The new American Airlines, Inc. has placed a firm order for 60 Embraer 175 jets and has taken options on 90 more.
Embraer values American Airlines’ firm order at $2.5 billion at list price and will include it in the manufacturer’s 2013 fourth-quarter order backlog.
American Airlines will configure its Embraer 175s with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, providing a total of 76 seats per aircraft.
Delivery of the first Embraer 175 from the order for 60 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. All 60 will be operated on the American Eagle network, but American hasn’t yet decided which of its regional-airline subsidiary or partner will fly them.
“It’s been an exciting week for American Airlines,” says Kenji Hashimoto, American Airlines’ senior vice president – regional carriers. “Now that we’ve closed our merger with US Airways, we can deliver a top-tier regional product that offers a First Class cabin, Main Cabin Extra and in-flight Wi-Fi – important elements of an improved flying experience for our customers.
Adds Hashimoto: “These new regional jets are also a big win for our employees at our wholly owned subsidiary, and will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs.”
According to American, its order for 60 Embraer 175s ‒ and a simultaneous order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, also to be configured with three seating classes and offering 76 seats per aircraft ‒ will replace smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement.
During 2013, including the December 12 order from American Airlines, Embraer has received firm orders and options for more than 700 E-Jets from U.S. airlines for both current-generation models and re-engined E-Jets E2s.
Various U.S. regional airlines already operate Embraer 175s on behalf of the American Airlines-affiliated American Eagle and US Airways-affiliated US Airways Express regional networks. Earlier this year Republic Airlines ordered 47 Embraer 175s and optioned 47 more specifically for operation on the American Eagle network.
Embraer continues to invest in its E-Jets family, which is flown by some 65 airlines from 45 countries. The manufacturer says it has begun implementing a series of enhancements to the Embraer 175, including new wingtips, systems optimization, and aerodynamic refinements that will lower fuel burn by up to 5 per cent.
Additionally, newly developed improvements offering longer maintenance intervals and component improvements will increase aircraft productivity and lower maintenance costs, according to Embraer.