SINGAPORE: Mitsubishi undecided on 100-seat regional jet

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Mitsubishi Aircraft has not made a decision on whether to launch the 100-seat MRJ regional jet, although it is seeing demand from airlines for an aircraft of that size.

In a presentation at the Singapore air show, the Japanese airframer listed the MRJ100X as part of its plan for the MRJ family of aircraft.

Its head of sales Yugo Fukuhara says Mitsubishi remains undecided on whether to launch the larget variant, but if it does, it will do so "in time to meet airlines' requirements".

He however disclosed that the plan is to apply the engines of the MRJ90 - the Pratt & Whitney PW1200G geared turbofan, to the MRJ100X, for the benefit of commonality for its customers. Since the proposed aircraft will be a derivative of the MRJ90, it will also take a shorter time to launch, he adds.

Mitsubishi's vice president of corporate planning and business strategy Hitoshi Iwasa adds that the airframer is seeing strong demand for the MRJ100X, especially from Europe and South America.

“In sales and marketing, I have a very strong desire to launch this aircraft because there is a potential customer who needs it. But as a corporate, company, we will carefully determine based on business case,” says Fukuhara.

Mitsubishi is scheduled to fly its 88-seat MRJ90 in the second quarter of 2015, followed by the 76-seat MRJ70 a year later.