Posted by John McHaleTORONTO, 6 July 2010. Deutsche Lufthansa AG of Germany placed a firm order for eight CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Bombardier Aerospace. The transaction involved the exercise of eight previously announced purchase rights. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $317 million.Altogether, Deutsche Lufthansa and its regional partners have previously ordered a total of 109 Bombardier CRJ Series regional jets, including 62 CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft, 20 CRJ700 aircraft, and 27 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The carriers also operate several very efficient Bombardier Q300 and Q400 turboprop aircraft. The CRJ900 NextGen regional jets announced today will be configured with 86 passenger seats."The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is an outstanding airliner with first-class reliability, excellent fuel-efficiency, and a reduced environmental footprint," says Nico Buchholz, senior vice president corporate fleet, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "We are very pleased with the CRJ900 NextGen regional jets currently in Lufthansa Regional's fleet and we have no hesitation in adding more.""In 1992, Lufthansa was the first airline in the world to begin service with the original CRJ100 regional jet," says Gary R. Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.