Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has officially announced its SpaceJet family of aircraft, which is especially tailored for US regional airlines.
The SpaceJet will be the commercially recognized name for the Japanese aircraft manufacturer which includes the M90 (previously known by the developmental designation of MRJ90) and a new member, the SpaceJet M100.
The Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft is designed to address demand in the underserved regional jet market by delivering ultimate comfort for passengers and unmatched aircraft performance with more profit potential for airlines.
“The Mitsubishi SpaceJet family represents our plan to redefine the business of regional air travel,”
“This is a commercial segment where we see great opportunity. As we prepare for entry-into-service for the SpaceJet M90, we are also announcing the SpaceJet M100 – the result of our research and development during the past few years and the answer to the regional market’s current and future needs. These products mark our dedication to a segment in desperate need of change that will allow airlines to enhance the satisfaction of their passengers and significantly improve their business performance.”
said Hisakazu Mizutani, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
During the Paris Airshow next week, Mitsubishi will be displaying a mock-up of the SpaceJet M100s cabin, however will be holding off on a formal launch until later this year.
With the ability to carry 76 seats across first, premium economy and economy classes thanks to its maximum takeoff weight of 39,000kg, the aircraft is tailor-built for US regional airlines.
Mitsubishi maintains they’ve optimized the length of the aircraft, cargo space and cabin layout, ensuring passengers and crew are in for a comfortable ride.
Powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW1200G Geared Turbofan engines, the aircraft boasts a range of 1,910 nautical miles, which is ever so less than its long-range sibling, the SpaceJet M90.
Adding to the excitement around Mitsubishi’s aircraft re-branding, the company is also in deep talks with Bombardier to purchase the CRJ program, which would boost customer confidence and allow them access to production facilities and a wider family of aircraft.
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