American Eagle placed 25 firm orders, and 25 options on this aircraft in 1999.
They are due for delivery this summer.
However, there is a slight problem.
The last contract that the AE pilots signed with AMR (owner of AA and AE), included a part that said any jets with over 50 seats must pay the same as the large airliners. This doesn't affect the ATR-72 because it is not a jet, and it does not affect the ERJ's because they are not more than 50 seats. AA placed the orders for the 70 seats CRJ's in hopes that they could work out a new deal with the pilots before the planes arrived.
I recently read in one of the airplane magazines that no deal has been reached and that AMR will not pay its AE pilots the same as the AA pilots. There is a strong possibility that American Eagle will have to sell these planes.
I really hope that the planes to fly for AE because it is one of my favorite airlines, and the CRJ's are definitely my favorite short-haul aircraft.