MIAMI — Last month, American Airlines took delivery of its first of thirty CRJ-900 NextGens from Bombardier which will be operated by American Airlines Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, PSA Airlines. The airlines expects to be operating all 30 CRJ-900s by June 2015, and it will begin flying passenger flights on July 31.

In December, American signed an agreement for 60 Embraer E175 jets with options for another 90 E175s, as well as a firm order for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets with options for 40 more aircraft, making it the first customer of what Bombardier calls the “latest enhancements” to the CRJ900.

The Aircraft


The CRJ-900s boast many creature comforts ranging from extra legroom to WiFi.

The aircraft offers up to two inches of extra leg room in each row of seats when compared to other regional airlines. There are 12 first-class seats have a pitch of 39 inches, 36 “main cabin extra” seats with a pitch of 35 inches, and 28 main cabin seats with a 31 inch pitch.

The aircraft also has a concave window design maximizes natural light and contributes to a sense of more space, and there are new sidewall and ceiling LED lights to create softer illumination. Plus, the aircraft has up to 5.5 percent lower fuel consumption thanks to features like winglets, weight reduction and a conic-shaped exhaust nozzle

Currently, Mesa Airlines operates the CRJ-900 under the US Airways Express brand.

Initial Operations


The initial routes are outlined below, and more flights will be added as the carrier continues to take delivery of them.

Monday through Friday:


Pensacola-Charlotte-Cincinnati-Charlotte-Myrtle Beach-Charlotte-Louisville-Charlotte-Cincinnati

Cincinnati-Charlotte-Pensacola-Charlotte-Indianapolis-Charlotte-Pensacola

Saturday:


Pensacola-Charlotte-Philadelphia-New York LaGuardia-Philadelphia-Cincinnati

Cincinnati-Charlotte-Little Rock-Charlotte-Pensacola-Charlotte-Harrisburg

Sunday:


Cincinnati-Charlotte-SAV-Charlotte-RIC-Charlotte-Greensboro-Charlotte-Pensacola

Harrisburg-Charlotte-Savannah-Charlotte-San Antonio-Charlotte-Cincinnati