Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen regional jets to American Airlines Group Inc.
The new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen jets will be operated by PSA Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, under the American Eagle name.
The order for the 30 jets, which was announced in December 2013, also included options on an additional 40 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
Prior to the June 5 delivery ceremony, the aircraft was unveiled to American Airlines employees and PSA Airlines employees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and in Dayton, Ohio.
American Airlines is the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, which provides up to 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900s.
The delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility near Montréal was attended by senior executives and employees of American Airlines, PSA Airlines, Bombardier and major suppliers to the CRJ Series regional jet program.
“We look forward to integrating the enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft into our fleet and to expanding service for our customers,” said Keith Houk, president of PSA Airlines. “The new CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide us with new opportunities and signal a bright future for PSA.”
As of March 31, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,817 CRJ-series aircraft, including 343 CRJ900s and CRJ900 NextGens.
Worldwide, Bombardier CRJ-series regional jets are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft.
CRJs are operating in more than 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJs have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 39 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.