Posted on: 01 February 2011 by Mark Howells
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MJET) has finalised a firm order from Trans States Holdings (TSH) for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets with options for 50 more.
TSH president Rick Leach visited Japan to attend the reception ceremony in Nagoya celebrating the definitive purchase agreement. Since the announcement of the LOI in October 2009, TSH and MJET have been working to conclude that definitive agreement, which was signed on 27 December 27 last year but has just now been made public.
“We have been very excited about the MRJ programme for a long time, and we are extremely pleased to conclude this major order reaffirming the 100 aircraft commitment we made with our LOI,” remarked Leach. “Since that [LOI], we have learned a lot about the quality of the Mitsubishi Aircraft team and the quality of the MRJ aircraft. Both have given us great confidence. In addition, many good things have happened with the MRJ itself. Mitsubishi Aircraft has entered the production drawing phase for the MRJ and continues to proceed with the manufacturing process.
“We are the first airline outside of Japan to purchase this exciting new aircraft, and we will be the first to place it into service in the US,” Leach added. “We believe that the MRJ is a game-changing regional jet with its incredibly fuel efficient next generation Pratt & Whitney PurePower geared turbofan engines, together addressing the vital needs of the environment, as well as the critical needs of passengers and airline operators. The MRJ will reduce fuel consumption, noise and NOx emissions – this means savings on operating costs. We believe that the MRJ will be the ideal aircraft to provide the seamless quality of excellent service that the mainline carriers want and thus we look forward to the day when we will be operating this spectacular 21st century regional jet on our routes. ”
MJET president Hideo Egawa remarked, “Concluding this major order with TSH has given confidence to our MRJ programme. Customers around the world have high expectations for the MRJ. Expectations and operational requirements are particularly high in the large and important US market, where there are many routes with airlines operating 50- to 100-seat regional jets.”
This order combined with the order for 25 aircraft (15 firm, 10 options) from All Nippon Airways, brings the current number of orders for the MRJ to 125 aircraft (65 firm, 60 options).
As a result of the aircraft deal, Pratt & Whitney has received an order from TSH for 100 firm PW1200G engines for the aircraft with eight spare engines and options for up to 100 additional engines with deliveries scheduled to start in 2014. Additionally, Trans States Holdings has signed an exclusive 12-year maintenance contract with Pratt & Whitney for these engines.
Photo shows Hideo Egawa (centre) presenting TSH’s president Rick Leach (right) and CFO Gerald Wigmore (left) with MRJ model to celebrate the order.