Posted on: 15 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong-based aircraft lease and maintenance company, ANI Group Holdings, for an order for five Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.
The order is an important first step towards cultivating the Asian market for Mitsubishi Aircraft outside of Japan.
ANI Group Holdings, which currently services five Indonesian airlines, issued a comment stating, “We are very proud to be the first client for MRJ in Asia outside of Japan. Indonesia is a rapidly developing market. Since this country is formed by more than 17,000 islands, has a population of more than 240 million people, and has a rapidly growing economy, air travel from city to city will undoubtedly increase as time goes on. Regional jets will therefore be essential for Indonesia. The MRJ, with its outstanding operational economy and cabin comforts, will surely be the regional jet contributing to our competitiveness. Also we are expecting that MRJ would form a family of competitive aircraft and we are considering an additional order of 20 when MRJ family is expanded to cover the 100-seat class. We are looking forward to receiving the MRJ and beginning operation in Indonesia.”
Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hideo Egawa responded, “We have been strengthening our sales activities in the fast-growing Asian market. We are very excited to have ANI Group Holdings as our customer. We hope our MRJ will contribute to the business at ANI Group Holdings. This new order has encouraged us to boost our sales activities not only in Asia but in other world markets as well.”
The MRJ now has 130 aircraft orders and options including 25 (15 firm, 10 option) from All Nippon Airways and 100 (50 firm, 50 option) from Trans States Holdings added to ANI’s order.