jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has decided to postpone its decision on the EMB-190 replacement order until the future of Bombardier and Embraer programmes becomes more clear, Chief Financial Officer Steve Priest has told Bloomberg.
The American carrier had planned to decide on the potential replacement of its sixty EMB-190s by the end of 2017, choosing among Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2s or smaller Airbus jets. However, given the acquisition of the CSeries programme by Airbus and ongoing merger talks between Embraer and Boeing, jetBlue has decided to wait.
“It would be short-sighted of us to progress with something definitive in this landscape that is evolving. If we leave money on the table because we rushed in during this changing landscape – I do not want to get into a position where we regret any decision,” Priest said in an interview.
According to the ch-aviation fleets module, the average age of EMB-190IGWs operated by jetBlue is 9.2 years, with half of the aircraft being over ten years of age.
Priest also added that the airline still has not made a decision on a potential conversion of some of A321neos it had ordered to the LR variant, which would enable the carrier to operate transatlantic services. As of November 30, jetBlue had twenty-five A320neos and sixty A321neos on order from Airbus.