Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet aircraft.
Tokyo-based Japan Airlines originally signed a letter of intent for the 32 Mitsubishi MRJ regional jets on August 28, 2014.
J-Air Corporation (J-AIR), JAL Group’s wholly owned regional-airline subsidiary, will operate the 32 Mitsubishi MRJ regional jets.
Deliveries of Mitsubishi MRJs to JAL are scheduled to begin in 2021.
JAL said in a January 28 statement that it “highly evaluates the performance of the next-generation MRJ aircraft and Mitsubishi Aircraft’s proposals for operational support following deliveries”.
“JAL will operate the MRJ as the key aircraft of its regional jet fleet, and remains committed to providing the best services to our customers by achieving steady network expansions and improving products and services quality,” says Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.
“As a network carrier that also operates regional jets, we are contributing to the birth of Japan’s first passenger jet,” adds Ueki.
“The MRJ, the next-generation regional jet, drastically reduces fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits for airlines, including the JAL Group,” says Teruaki Kawai, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft.
“Mitsubishi Aircraft remains firmly committed to the success of the MRJ program, as well as to the growth of Japan’s aviation industry,” adds Kawai.
To date, Mitsubishi Regional Jet has won firm orders for 223 MRJs, with prospective customers optioning another 160 and securing purchase rights on an additional 24. This means the company has secured orders and commitments for 407 MRJs so far.