Bombardier sees order demand for 200 regional jets among US carriers

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Bombardier expects orders of up to 200 regional jets from US carriers in 2013, as airlines continue to replace 50-seat regional jets with larger aircraft.

The airframer's chief financial officer Pierre Alary gave this forecast while speaking at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference in New York today.

Bombardier is in talks with various airlines and regional operators, says Alary, without naming any specific carriers.

Late last year, Bombardier won an order for 40 Bombardier CRJ900s by Delta Air Lines in a deal worth $1.85 billion at list prices. The deal, which includes an additional 30 options, came with guaranteed assistance from Bombardier to help Delta phase out its 50-seat CRJ200s.

Delta is in the process of phasing out 50-seat aircraft from its regional fleet, replacing them with 76-seat jets and Boeing 717s that were previously operated by Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran Airways.