September 27, 2016 / 3:43 PM / in a year

Delta plans regional-jet purchase for up to $2.3 bln - Bloomberg

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc plans to buy larger regional jets with a list value of up to $2.3 billion if it can get its pilots’ union to accept an overhaul of the small-plane fleet, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The airline wants the option of adding as many as 50 more planes in the 70- to 76-seat range, Bloomberg reported, citing a memo sent to the pilots.

Delta may eliminate the smaller planes from its fleet without giving a timeline, the report said. (bloom.bg/2cIo5Jt)

The pilots’ union has objected to any additional 70- or 76-seat jets being flown by Delta’s regional affiliate airlines, Bloomberg reported.

Delta was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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