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Bombardier Aerospace today announced Delta Airlines ordered 40 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets plus a further 30 options, configured with 76 seats in a two-class cabin and will be operated by Delta Connection carriers still be determined by Delta Airlines, in a contract valued at $1.85 billion at list prices increasing to $3.29 billion if all options are converted to firm orders.

The CRJ900 NextGen regional jets will allow the airline to continue restructuring its domestic fleet by phasing out its 60 CRJ200 aircraft.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said “Building on a relationship that is 20 years strong, we are delighted that Delta – one of the world’s largest, most prestigious global airlines – continues to select Bombardier CRJ regional jets to replenish its fleet”.

In a statement Bombardier Belfast Management said “We in Belfast will once again benefit, given the significant role we play in the CRJ900 NextGen programme, this order is a further vote of confidence by customers in Bombardier’s products, and in the skills and capabilities of our workforce here in Belfast “.

Delta Airlines President Ed Ed Bastian said “We selected Bombardier’s CRJ900 NextGen aircraft specifically because it is proven to be the most cost-efficient jet aircraft in its class for our operations and this regional jet satisfies perfectly the agreement that we have made with our pilots to add 70 more 76-seat jetliners to our fleet”

Delta Connection carriers have been operating Bombardier Aerospace CRJ aircraft since 1993 when Comair became the first North American airline to operate the CRJ100, today Delta Connection carriers operate 466 CRJ Series aircraft − 286 CRJ200, 79 CRJ700 and 101 CRJ900 jetliners − making it the world’s largest CRJ aircraft fleet.

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