Delta Air Lines is reportedly near making an order for up to 125 CSeries jets from Bombardier.
People familiar with the negotiations say a deal for 75 firm orders and 50 options is almost done and is expected to be finalised by the end of this month, when the Atlanta-based airline will hold a board meeting.
Delta’s incoming CEO, Ed Bastians, says the airline will give more info about its fleet renewal plans on its investor day in the 16th of March as the airline is seeking to replace its ageing fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.
If the order is confirmed, it would be an important boost to the struggling Canadian manufacturer, which currently has orders and commitments for 678 CSeries aircraft. However, only 250 of them are firm orders.
The delayed and over-budget aircraft is expected to enter into service with the first CS100 delivery to Swiss Airlines by the end of June and will followed by the larger CS300 entering into service by the end of the year.