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American Airlines Buys 90 New Jets

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Several American Airlines MD-80 aircrafts at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. (credit: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - American Airlines announced plans to buy 90 new regional jets Thursday morning.

The new 76 seat aircraft are more efficient, according to a statement from American, which closed on its merger with US Airways on Monday.

“It’s been an exciting week for American Airlines,” said Kenji Hashimoto, senior vice president – Regional Carriers. “Now that we’ve closed our merger with US Airways, we can deliver a top-tier regional product that offers a First Class cabin, Main Cabin Extra and in-flight Wi-Fi – important elements of an improved flying experience for our customers. These new regional jets are also a big win for our employees at our regional subsidiary, and will greatly improve economic efficiencies by lowering operating costs.”

The airline will replace the 50 seat regional jets already scheduled for retirement.

The new planes will debut next year.

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