Back in January American ordered 53 large regional jets with first class and main cabin extra additional legroom seating. Largely these planes have been intended to operate in and out of Chicago O’Hare, replacing bigger aircraft.
American has lagged United at Chicago, and the move was seen as a way to shrink capacity there without reducing their network.
The regional jet-ification of American continues, however. That’s something that’s been expected with the US Airways merger. US Airways operates a large fleet of regional jets, flying them longer distances and on a greater variety of routes than American does. Specific routes have not yet been announced.
Today American announced an order for 90 large (76 seat) regional jets and they took an option for 130 more.
Thirty of the jets will go to US Airways Express carrier PSA, which will eventually be branded American Eagle (and the planes will be painted as American Eagle). These 30 aircraft are Bombardier CRJ900s and will have 12 First Class, 32 Main Cabin Extra and 32 economy seats
The other 60 haven’t been publicly assigned yet, are Embraer E175s, and delivery is expected in the first quarter of 2015. They will have 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 economy seats.
All will offer inflight wireless internet.
Here’s a video tour released in August of the regional jet configuration ordered earlier in the year, and note the mention of seat power as well.