American Airlines signs deals for 90 new planes

American Airlines signs agreements with Bombardier and Embraer to buy 90 new aircraft

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines will buy 90 new 76-seat regional jets from Bombardier Inc. and Embraer SA, the carrier said Thursday.

American is replacing smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft that are scheduled for retirement.

The company ordered 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options to buy up to 40 more. Those aircraft will be operated on behalf of American by PSA Airlines Inc., a subsidiary of US Airways.

American expects to begin taking delivery of the CRJ900s in the second quarter of 2014.

The company also ordered 60 Embraer E175 type aircraft with options for up to 90 more. American expects to begin taking delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The company will determine which regional carrier will fly the E175s at a later date.

Shares of American Airlines Group Inc., which went public this week emerging from bankruptcy protection and combining with US Airways, rose 42 cents to $26.41 in morning trading.

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