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Delta closes door on Bombardier and Embraer

Delta Air Lines has definitively quashed any hope rival airframers Bombardier and Embraer have of capturing the carrier's business in a potential second order, following its commitment to 100 Boeing 737-900ERs.

Both manufacturers competed in the US carrier's campaign, that originally included up to 200 aircraft for the carrier's narrowbody replacement scheme.

Embraer stated publicly that Delta could produce a "large order", while a potential second order from Delta held high stakes for Bombardier, which seeks to gain more traction for its 100- to 149-seat CSeries CS100 and CS300.

But Delta president Ed Bastian said at a recent investor conference: "There is no second step of aircraft, whether it be with Bombardier, or Embraer, or Boeing or Airbus. I do want to put to rest any thought that we are in the market, considering a new aircraft decision."

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