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Chorus firms order for nine CRJ900s

Chorus Aviation has firmed a previously announced agreement to purchase nine new Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.

The news from the Halifax-based regional airline company comes several days after Chorus announced it signed a new agreement with Air Canada under which it would add the nine CRJ900s.

The aircraft will have Bombardier's Atmosphere cabin – a cabin update announced at last year's Farnborough air show – and will carry 76 seats, including 12 first-class seats, 20 preferred-economy seats and 44 coach seats, Chorus says.

The company has said the CRJ900s will be delivered in 2020.

Jazz already operates 21 CRJ900s for Air Canada, according to regulatory documents.

Bombardier says the deal has a list-price value of $437 million and reaffirms "the value that the CRJ series brings to airlines".

The sale provides a needed lift to Bombardier's CRJ product line, which has faced intense competition from fast-selling Embraer E-Jets.

Excluding the latest Chorus sale, Bombardier holds outstanding firm orders for 50 CRJs, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

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