Mesa Airlines has signed a MOU to commence
formal negotiations for the purchase of 100 Mitsubishi Aircraft SpaceJet M100 aircraft.
The MOU covers 50 firm orders and
purchase rights for an additional 50 aircraft.
“As we developed the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family,
we knew we had changed the way that passengers and airlines will
think about regional travel,” said Hisakazu Mizutani, President
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “Mesa Airlines’ selection of the
SpaceJet M100 confirms that our aircraft fulfills current
and future needs in this industry, and that airlines are ready to
move our discussions forward.”
Introduced at this year’s Paris Air Show,
Mitsubishi claims that the SpaceJet M100 has the lowest operating costs of any aircraft
in its class and targets double-digit performance improvement.
“The U.S. mainline carriers are looking for an
aircraft that will allow them to provide a consistent, premium
passenger experience from their regional to their long-haul
fleets,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO, Mesa Air Group,
Inc. “With its large cabin, comfort, new technology and low
operating costs, the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 can deliver this
premium experience within U.S. scope clause.”
Mesa anticipates utilizing the SpaceJet M100
fleet in their Capacity Purchase Agreements with major U.S.
airlines. Under the terms of the MOU, deliveries would begin in
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