The board of Deutsche Lufthansa, Europe’s second-largest airline, has approved a $1.5 billion expenditure for 30 Embraer E190s and 15 Bombardier CRJ900s.
Although at press time the parties had yet to sign firm orders, both Embraer and Bombardier confirmed they’ve entered “preliminary agreements” with Lufthansa. The planned order for the 100-seat Embraer jets would replace that of now-Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines for 15 E175s and 15 E195s. Deliveries of the Embraer jets would start in 2009, but their operation with the airline’s regional partners would require approval by Lufthansa’s pilot union. The CRJ900s would join a regional fleet that already consists of 12 of that type, along with 82 other CRJ-series jets.