The Fort Worth-based carrier said the two-class CRJ-900s will be flown by its wholly-owned subsidiary, PSA Airlines, as American Eagle, but hasn't disclosed which routes it will use the aircraft on.
"The economics of the plane are very good," said Kenji Hashimoto, American senior vice president of regional carriers. "It allows you to economically with competitive costs fly in the markets where customer demand is there but at the same time has all the features that our customers appreciate."
American has ordered 30 CRJ-900s and has the option to purchase 40 more. The 76-seat aircraft has 12 first class seats, 36 Main Cabin Extra seats and 28 standard economy seats.
"As there’s more pressures put on the economics of the aircraft, as manufacturers we strive every day to reduce the operating costs and to improve the fuel efficiency of the product," said Kevin Smith, Bombardier’s vice president of sales for the Americas.
Smith said the aircraft reduces fuel consumption by 5 percent than older models and also has new side walls, larger overhead compartments and bigger windows for customers.
"All these benefits translate into passenger comfort and for the branding that American wants to put forward to the customer," Smith said.