Cramped 50-seat regional jets could be a thing of the past, at least at American Airlines.
American Airlines Group announced Thursday that it will buy 90 new 76-seat jets from two manufacturers — Embrarer, which makes the E-175 and Bombardier, which makes the CRJ900. American Airlines Group is buying 60 of the E-175s and 30 of the CR9s.
The deal is a little convoluted, which makes sense considering this is the first week American and US Airways have operated as one. The CR9s will be assigned to PSA Airlines, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. But the CR9s, when delivered, will carry the American Eagle brand. There will be no more US Airways Express.
American has not decided which of its regional subsidiaries will take ownership of the new E-175s. But regardless of which regional carrier technically owns the planes, the aircraft will also be branded as American Eagle.
The new CR9s will start arriving in the second quarter of 2014, according to American. The new E-175s will begin arriving in the first quarter of 2015.