Delta Air Lines has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft, a US$961 million deal (at list price) which will see the Atlanta-based carrier become the launch operator of Bombardier’s new Atmosphère cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.
Deliveries of the new CRJ900 aircraft will begin in late 2018, and the airline will operate them under the Delta Connection brand in a two-class, 70-seat regional jet configuration.
Key features of the Atmosphère interior include a feeling of space, an actual enhancement in passenger living space compared with non-Atmosphère CRJ cabins, more spacious lavatories, increased cabin connectivity options, and overhead bin designs that can accommodate ‘oversized’ roller bags, reducing the need to check bags at the counter or gate.
“We are thrilled that Delta continues to select the CRJ Series as the airline looks into the future growth of its regional operations,” said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Together with Delta, we have driven the development of regional aviation in the US, and we are looking forward to further enhancing regional air travel with the launch of the new Atmosphère cabin.”