Delta Air Lines has decided not to induct the Embraer E190 regional jet into its fleet after ordering 75 Bombardier CS100 jets, the airline says on 28 April.

The CSeries deal overturns Delta’s previous plan announced on 15 December, when the SkyTeam carrier expected to take 20 used E190s with “nearly 100 seats” from Boeing’s pre-owned inventory of aircraft.

Instead, Delta has signed a “firm agreement” with Bombardier to acquire 75 110-seat CS100s, with options to buy 50 more. Delta also has conversion rights to upgauge to the 135-seat CS300. The CS100 is listed with a maximum range of 3,100nm (5,740km) in a standard configuration.

“Bombardier’s all-new, lightweight mainline aircraft will be deployed on short- to medium-haul routes throughout the airline’s network,” Delta says in a news release.

Delta has retired 280 50-seat regional jets and 130 aging narrowbody aircraft over the last seven years, reducing fuel use per passenger mile by 8% since 2008, the carrier says.

But the carrier continues to operate 116 McDonnell Douglas MD-88 jets in a 149-seat layout, including 16 first class seats, according to Flightglobal Fleets Analyzer.

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