The Fort Worth-based carrier said the new 76-seat aircraft will replace smaller, less fuel-efficient 50-seat aircraft that it currently has in its fleet.
"These new regional jets are also a big win for our employees at our regional subsidiary, and will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs," said American's senior vice president of regional carriers, Kenji Hashimoto in a statement.
American has ordered 30 Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft with the option to purchase an additional 40 aircraft. The CRJs will have 12 first class seats, 32 main cabin extra seats and 32 economy class seats with the first delivery expected in the second quarter of 2014. The Bombardier aircarft will be flown by American's PSA subsidiary that it acquired when it merged with US Airways on Monday.
The carrier said it also has an agreement to buy 60 Embraer E175 aircraft with the option to purchase an additional 90 aircraft. Those airplanes will have 12 first class seats, 20 main cabin extra seats and 44 economy class seats with the first aircraft delivered in the first quarter of 2015.
The aircraft will be flow under the American Eagle livery although it is unclear which regional carrier will operate the jets.
Currently, American Eagle owns and operates 47 Bombardier CRJ-700s that have about 65 seats and are on average seven-years-old. It has 59 Embraer RJ-140s with 44 seats and 118 Embraers RJ-145 with 50 seats in operation. These aircraft have an average age of 11 years. It also operates seven 37-seat Embraer RJ-135s that are currently leased.
Photo of an E-175 courtesy of American Airlines.