Mitsubishi and Mesa to explore potential 100-plane SpaceJet deal (formerly named MRJ)
As Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. will end the production of CRJ in Mirabel, Quebec
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September 6, 2019 - for japantimes.co.jp
- Assembled in Nagoya Japan and flight tests performed in Washington state, U.S.
- As Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. will end the production of CRJ in Mirabel, Quebec
DALLAS/TOKYO – Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. got a boost for its long-delayed SpaceJet regional aircraft, as Mesa Air Group Inc. signed a pact to negotiate a potential 100-plane deal.
The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday, calls for Mitsubishi and Mesa to discuss terms for a firm order of 50 SpaceJet M100 planes with purchase options for 50 more. Deliveries would begin in 2024, the companies said in a statement from a regional airline conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
The possible order by Phoenix-based Mesa would give the SpaceJet a bigger toehold in the U.S. market.
In June, Mitsubishi renamed the aircraft, which had previously been known as the MRJ family, and said deliveries would begin in 2020.
The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said deliveries to Mesa of the SpaceJet M100, capable of accommodating around 70 passengers, would begin in 2024, with the contract to be worth around 400 billion yen ($3.74 billion).
The SpaceJet M100 is small enough to comply with "scope clause" language in most U.S. pilot contracts, which limit the size of aircraft that regional airlines can fly for large carriers
The U.S. company is likely considering the purchase of SpaceJets as Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. will end the production of jets used by Mesa next year.
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