United Airlines is planning to offer Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets and expects its first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights to operate later this year.

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which operates the world’s largest fleet of Embraer E-Jets, has placed a firm order for 50 Embraer 175s as part of a three-way deal which will also see it transfer 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to UK regional airline Flybe.

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On the same day, August 28, Embraer received both welcome and potentially unwelcome news from Japan Airlines concerning the manufacturer’s E-Jets and E-Jets E2 families.

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Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has announced orders and commitments from two existing customers for eight more examples of its current E-Jets family, as well as revealing a new E-Jets operator.

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Announcing the order on July 14, 2014, on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Embraer said deliveries of the aircraft to Trans States Holdings are scheduled to begin in June 2020.

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On the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Bombardier revealed commitments for CSeries jets from three new customers and conversion of an earlier commitment from an existing customer into a firm order for two CS300s.

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Compass Airlines expects to begin taking delivery of the new Embraer 175 jets ordered by American and start scheduled service under the American Eagle brand and livery in the first quarter of 2015.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has won firm sales on March 31 from three airlines for three more CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and four more Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, and has booked options on four more Q400 NextGens.

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SkyWest Airlines, one of SkyWest Inc.’s two main regional-airline subsidiaries, will operate the aircraft for United Airlines under a United Express franchise agreement. Its Embraer 175s are to be configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, the manufacturer values the order at approximately US$92 million.

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The manufacturer announced the deal on the first day of the Singapore Airshow 2014. Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values a firm order for up to 12 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets at approximately US$563 million.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order at approximately US$1.42 billion. This could increase to approximately US$3.38 billion if American Airlines converts the 40 options into firm orders.

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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.

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China’s only specialized regional airline, China Express Airlines, has placed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners. It has also entered into conditional purchase agreements for five additional Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on eight more CRJ900 NextGens.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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The carrier will deploy the new, slimline seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

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The State College and Topeka flights will begin on January 7, 2014, and the Elmira service will begin on February 13, 2014.

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Delta Air Lines is launching daily non-stop service from Atlanta to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on December 21, as well as Saturday-only round-trips from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Air Canada will launch weekly non-stop flights on December 14 between Toronto and Eagle County Regional Airport, which serves Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains.

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The twice-weekly flights will operate from December 18, 2013 through March 29, 2014. SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights for Alaska Airlines using 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

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