American Airlines’ orders bonanza

American’s order for up to 30 more Bombardier CRJ900s is one of three recent deals placed by the world’s largest airline for more aircraft, which will total 120 aircraft if all options are exercised.

American Airlines has recently gone on a major spending spree, announcing deals with three manufacturers valued at more than $13 billion at list prices. If all options are exercised, the world’s largest airline by fleet size and passengers carried will take on 120 new aircraft over the coming years.

American has ordered up to 75 more Boeing 787s in a contract valued at $12 billion, consisting of 47 firm orders (22 787-8s and 25 787- 9s) and 28 options. The carrier has also ordered up to 30 Bombardier CRJ900s (15 firm, 15 options) in a $762 million contract and 15 Embraer E175s worth $705 million.

The 47 firm 787 orders, together with 42 family aircraft previously ordered by the airline (of which 35 were in service by May), take American’s firm Dreamliner orders to 89 aircraft and mean the carrier edges All Nippon Airways (83 orders) as the lead 787 customer.

In the 787 orders announcement, American said it had reached an agreement with Boeing to defer 40 737 MAX deliveries scheduled to arrive between 2020 and 2022 to “better align with planned retirements of other narrowbody aircraft”. No revised delivery dates were given

The E175 order is American’s fourth for the jet since 2013 and means the carrier and its feeder airlines will operate 89 examples of the aircraft. Embraer said the contract means more than 400 E175s have been sold to airlines in North America since January 2013, meaning it holds more than 80% of all orders in the 76-seat jet segment in the market.

The CRJ900s will be operated by PSA Airlines under the American Eagle brand and American’s Envoy unit will fly the E175s. Both the regional jets will be operated in 76-seat configuration in line with scope clauses. The E175s will deliver from later this year and the CRJ900s will deliver from Q2 2019. Mark Broadbent