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Bombardier, Embraer share Air Canada order.(Regional News)(purchasing agreements)(Brief Article)

Air Canada reached "agreements in principle" with Bombardier and Embraer to purchase 45 50- and 74-seat CRJs and 45 93-seat Embraer 190s. A decision on an additional 15 aircraft is pending. AC took options on 45 aircraft from each manufacturer. A final order is expected in the coming weeks. The airline currently operates 25 CRJ 100s.

"The small jet aircraft are fundamental to our emergence as a stronger, more cost-effective airline," Air Canada President and CEO Robert Milton said. He added that the new RJs will mean "low-cost, high-frequency jet service" to destinations within Canada and the US and will make the carrier "more cost competitive."

The Bombardier order comprises 15 firm CRJ200s and 30 CRJ705s valued at $1. …

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