Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has renamed the Mitsubishi Regional Jet as the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family. The two aircraft in the family will be the SpaceJet M90 (the current MRJ90 which is in flight testing) and a new model the SpaceJet M100 which has specifically been improved for the US market.
The M100 will replace the older MRJ70 which could only carry 69 passengers in a typical two class configuration. Comparatively the MRJ70’s primary competition the Embraer E170 carries 76. The new M100 will also be able to carry 76 passengers in a two class configuration and is optimised to be compliant of US airline scope clauses.
The SpaceJet program will be previewed at the upcoming Paris Air Show and will officially be launched later this year.
The first delivery larger MRJ90 now called the SpaceJet M90 is currently scheduled for mid-2020.
Hisakazu Mizutani, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
“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.”