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February 2nd 2018

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Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has confirmed U.S. carrier, Swift Air, has cancelled its order for 20 firm and 20 optioned MRJ90s, a decision that reduced the MRJ backlog by 10%. Read More »

The order was placed by Floridian charter specialist, Eastern Air Lines, in 2014, but then Eastern Air Lines was acquired by Phoenix-based Swift Air last year. Swift has since decided to slow the airline’s growth. It also cancelled an order for ten B737 MAX 8s in December.

Following the cancellation, Mitsubishi has 437 commitments for the MRJ, although only 213 are firm orders. The largest customer for the MRJ-90 is Salt Lake City-based SkyWest Airlines. The commuter carrier has 100 of the type on firm order and 100 options.

Other orders include 100 for U.S. firm Trans States Holdings, 25 from launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) and 10 from Air Mandalay. ANA was scheduled to take delivery of the first MRJ in 2013. This has now been pushed back to 2020 with further delays highly possible. The MRJ will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines.

The Nagoya-based OEM has selected MRO Japan, the maintenance arm of ANA HOLDINGS, as the sole airframe maintenance provider in Asia for the MRJ, including heavy maintenance and flight operations support.

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