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United mulls getting Embraer, Bombardier jets

Fleet makeover is meant to cut dependence on unprofitable 50-seat regional planes: sources

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UNITED Airlines is in talks with Embraer SA and Bombardier Inc to buy new narrow-body planes amid a fleet makeover to reduce its reliance on unprofitable regional jets, sources said. The discussions involve the largest models in Embraer's updated E-Jets family and Bombardier's smallest CSeries, they said. An order isn't imminent, the sources said.

An Embraer or Bombardier purchase would be a departure for United, whose pilots only fly Boeing Co and Airbus Group aircraft on its main jet routes....

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