American Airlines is purchasing 30 regional jets at a list price of $1.4 billion to bolster its fleet of short-haul aircraft, the company said Thursday.
American plans to purchase 15 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer and 15 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 jets from the Candian aircraft maker. American also obtained an option to purchase 15 more CRJ900s at a later date.
The plane orders are valued at $705 million and $719 million, respectively, although discounts are customary for large aircraft purchases.
The new planes will add to American’s fleet of large regional jets with premium cabins — each will feature 12 first class seats — that are used to ferry passengers between smaller markets and the carrier’s hubs. Their arrival will be offset with the retirement of some regional jets with fewer seats.