Jet Airways has delayed its planned acquisition of Embraer 175 regional jets by a year due to domestic trading conditions.

The carrier, India's largest privately owned airline, signed a letter of intent at last year's Farnborough air show to become the launch customer for the 175, which is a larger derivative of the Embraer 170 able to seat up to 86 passengers.

It said at the time that deliveries would begin in mid-2004 and continue through to 2007. It also said it would take 10 options.

The letter of intent has still not been converted into a firm contract, however, and Jet says it has told Embraer it wants to delay first deliveries until mid-2005.

The aircraft are due to replace some or all of Jet's eight ATR 72s to provide a traffic feed from smaller routes to busier ones operated by Boeing 737s.

Mesa Air Group was last week due to inaugurate revenue services with the Bombardier CRJ900. The airline will initially operate the 80-seater on America West Express services from Phoenix to El Paso, Long Beach and Los Angeles. The airline will put its second CRJ900 into service in May, and the third in June.

Source: Flight International