American Airlines Group, is nearing a deal with Bombardier to buy 15 regional jets with the option of ordering more. according to Bloomberg.
American Airlines Group, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is the parent company of American Airlines, expected to announce a deal to purchase 15 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft valued at $700 million before customary discounts.
If the deal is finalised, it would boost Bombardier’s $6 billion CRJ program which has been losing grounds to Embraer regional jets.
According to Bloomberg, “The airline has added about 200 dual-class regional jets over the past four years. At the end of 2017, American had 118 CRJ900 aircraft operated by regional affiliates PSA and Mesa airlines. American last acquired CRJ900s in February 2015, signing an order for 24 planes.”
Bombardier and Embraer are trying to capitalise on the ageing about 2,100 regional jets now flying in the U.S, which will be retired and to replaced by 2036.