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Mitsubishi plans 2023 release for 2nd regional SpaceJet aircraft

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.'s SpaceJet M90 is seen on display at the International Paris Air Show in Paris-Le Bourget Airport, on the outskirts of Paris, on June 17, 2019. (Mainichi/Isamu Gari)

PARIS -- Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. intends to release its 70-seater-class SpaceJet M100 plane, the second in their SpaceJet fleet, in 2023, the firm announced at a June 17 press conference during the 2019 International Paris Air Show.

The aircraft, designed for the shorter-haul regional jet market and formerly branded as Mitsubishi Regional Jet, are the first ever Japanese-made passenger jets. With delivery of the first of its 90-seater-class SpaceJet M90 model set for mid-2020, the company aims to use the M100, developed in response to U.S. aviation regulations, to break into the lucrative North American market for smaller-sized airliners.

President of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. Hisakazu Mizutani also said at the press conference that the firm has development plans for an additional third member of the SpaceJet fleet.

Shunichi Miyanaga, chairman of the board at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., the aircraft corporation's parent company, is understood to be in negotiations with major Canadian plane manufacturer Bombardier to buy their regional jet business. Although Miyanaga also attended the press conference, he did not allude to the potential deal in his remarks.

The International Paris Air Show, considered the world's biggest and most prestigious aviation business trade expo, is held once every two years at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, with around 2,400 companies including aircraft body and parts manufacturers from some 50 countries exhibiting. The M90 jet was on display at this year's show.

(Japanese original by Isamu Gari, Paris Bureau)

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