JetBlue slowing growth of Embraer fleet

NEW YORK (AP) -- JetBlue Airways Corp. plans to slow the growth of its fleet of Embraer 190s.

The company said at a Calyon Securities Conference it has entered into a deal to lease two E190s from its existing fleet to its Brazilian-based carrier Azul.

JetBlue also said it will sell four E190s that are set to be delivered at a later date to Jetscape Inc.

In late May, the Forest Hills, N.Y.-based carrier said it would put off buying 21 new Airbus jetliners for four of five years.

The carrier said it will now take deliveries of four E190s and one A320 next year. JetBlue had originally announced plans to take delivery of 18 E190s annually between 2006 and 2011.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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