Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mesa Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group. The MOU allows Mitsubishi and Mesa to commence formal negotiations for the purchase of 100 Mitsubishi Aircraft SpaceJet M100 aircraft. The MOU was announced during a signing event at the Regional Airline Association annual conference in Nashville and targets 50 firm orders and purchase rights for an additional 50.
“As we developed the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family, we knew we had changed the way that passengers and airlines will think about regional travel,” said Hisakazu Mizutani, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft. “Mesa Airlines’ selection of the SpaceJet M100 confirms that our aircraft fulfils current and future needs in this industry, and that airlines are ready to move our discussions forward.”
“The US mainline carriers are looking for an aircraft that will allow them to provide a consistent, premium passenger experience from their regional to their long-haul fleets,” said Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group. “With its large cabin, comfort, new technology and low operating costs, the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 can deliver this premium experience within US scope clause.”
Mesa anticipates utilising the SpaceJet M100 fleet in their Capacity Purchase Agreements with major US airlines. Under the terms of the MOU, deliveries would begin in 2024. Financial details were not disclosed.