Bombardier wins multi-million pound order for 15 American Airlines jets

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Planemaker Bombardier's Belfast aerospace division has been given a boost with confirmation that the firm has landed a contract worth in excess of $700 million (£515m) for 15 new CRJ900 regional jets for American Airlines.

According to Embraer, the order for 15 E175 jets, at a cost of 705 million US dollars, will be included in the aircraft manufacturer's backlog for the second quarter of 2018. PSA will begin to take delivery of the additional 15 CRJ900s beginning in April 2019 with plans for all aircraft to be received by early 2020.

Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: "We are pleased with American's continued confidence in Bombardier and the CRJ900 aircraft".

This new aircraft order is in addition to the 10 E175s now scheduled to begin arriving this fall - and will bring Envoy's E175 fleet to 69 by the end of 2019.

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American will use the E175s to replace smaller regional jets in its feeder fleet, the carrier says. The aircraft offers Bombardier's latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets - the "Atmosphere" cabin, which offers an enhanced passenger experience and can accommodate the largest number of "oversized" roller bags of any aircraft in the same category.

American's Envoy unit will operate the planes on behalf of the parent company, with deliveries between March and November, 2019.

The E175 jet is one of Embraer's most successful models.

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