Delta to buy CRJ900s

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Delta Air Lines has asked for bankruptcy court approval to buy up to 60 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets configured with 76 seats, writes Darren Shannon.

The carrier plans to place a firm order for 30 of the type, along with options on 30. A letter of intent signed by Delta also allows for some of the order to be converted to smaller CRJ700s.

The request comes as Delta prepares to announce the award of major feeder contracts.

A request for proposals, issued in August, covers 143 regional jets, including up to 43 70-seaters and up to 50 50-seat regional jets already operated by Delta Connection carriers Comair, Mesa Air Group's Freedom Airlines unit, and Republic Airways' Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America subsidiaries.