The MRJ during its first flight last November.

US leasing company eyes MRJ

US based aircraft leasing company Aerolease Aviation has signed a letter of intent to purchase  ten Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation MRJ90 aircraft, a Mitsubishi press release said on Tuesday 16 February. A firm order is expected in the near future, with deliveries to start in 2018.

Aerolease Aviation is based in Miami, Florida, and has been in aircraft leasing and trading business for more than 30 years. A formal order would mark the first time the company orders brand new aircraft.

The order is a boost for the Japanese MRJ program. “This launch lessor order from Aerolease has a significant importance for the MRJ program,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

Thus far, 407 MRJ aircraft are on order and 20 will be added to its order book when the US order is agreed. The total of 427 MRJ aircraft include 233 firm orders with 170 options and 24 purchase rights. Mitsubishi Aircraft anticipates demand of about 5,000 aircraft in the regional jet market over the next twenty years.

© 2016 editor Elmer van Hest