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A North American customer for Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet

Paris, France - Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an undisclosed North American airline operator for 15 M100, the 70-seat version of the manufacturer's re-branded regional jet.

The Japanese manufacturer confirmed that if it is finalized, the deliveries will begin in 2024.

"We are pleased to welcome a new airline to the SpaceJet program. We have received strong interest in this product from many airlines. They recognize that this family of aircraft will provide them with the ability to give their passengers an excellent experience while also delivering unmatched performance, creating new profit potential," said Hisakazu Mizutani, President of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

The United States is the world's biggest regional jet market that has been dominated by Embraer's 70-seat model E-175. The M100 can also be configured to accommodate 65 to76 passengers in a three-class configuration in accordance with the restrictions applied by the "Scope Clause".

A scope clause is part of a contract signed between the airlines and pilot unions, which restricts the number and size of the aircraft that may be flown by the regional subsidiaries of those airlines.

However, the plane can also be configured to accommodate up to 88 seats in a single class cabin configuration as well.

Mitsubishi Aircraft to work on a 70-seat variant of its regional jet