Bombardier nearing sale for up to 125 CSeries aircraft to Delta Air Lines: report

Delta Air Lines is on the cusp of ordering up to 125 CSeries commercial jets from Bombardier, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
A Bombardier worker walks past a CS300 aircraft in the hangar prior to a test flight in Mirabel, Quebec on February 27, 2015. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

Delta Air Lines is reportedly on the cusp of ordering up to 125 CSeries commercial jets from Bombardier.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting three people is says are familiar with the negotiations, says a deal on firm orders for 75 planes and options on 50 others is expected to be finalized by the end of April when the Atlanta-based airline holds a board meeting.

Earlier on Thursday during a quarterly earnings conference call with analysts, Delta executives said they had no definitive plans to announce yet about the renewal of the company's fleet.

Delta's incoming CEO, Ed Bastian, says the airline plans to provide more information about its fleet renewal plans at an investor day May 16. Bombardier declined to comment on the report.

Delta is seeking to replace its aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jets.

If confirmed, the order would be an important boost to the struggling Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer. It has booked orders and commitments for 678 CSeries aircraft, which includes firm orders for 250.

The delayed and overbudget aircraft is slated to enter into service with CS100 deliveries to Swiss Airlines by the end of June, with the larger CS300 with up to 160 seats following by year-end.


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