American Airlines and Bombardier have a “reveal” today at DFW. Still sporting a “C” registration, the delivery of the first CRJ900 (with 5.5% better fuel burn) has not yet occurred. The airplane is being shown off to DFW-based American Airlines people today before a flight to Dayton for more of the same. Actual delivery is set for early June.
Speaking with American’s Kenji Hashimoto, SVP Regional Carriers, he stressed the “fit and finish” of the aircraft was impressive. The new cabin is attractive and the premium seating allows for revenue optimization. He also noted the improved fuel burn was a key factor in selecting the CRJ. A look at the engine on the aircraft pictured shows the new design of the tail end which does not have the chevrons as found on the earlier models. Bombardier has plans to improve the fuel burn even more, with a near 10% improvement over the original CRJ900 within the next two years.
Mr. Hashimoto pointed out that American has bought both the ERJ and CRJ. This mimics the airline’s selection of the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 747MAX. American is such a large carrier that its fleet needs are greater than any one OEM can supply.