Tokyo - Eastern Air Lines has ceased operations. This puts North American Airline operator's orders at risk for Mitsubishi's Regional Jet. Harder for the Japanese, however, would be the exit of another US airline.
The Eastern Airlines had first ceased its operations in January 1991. The grounding of Eastern Air Lines ended a 65-year aviation history. But the legendary American airline revived with the launch of new Eastern Air Lines in 2015.
With a fleet of four, Boeing 737-800 Eastern Air Lines flew as a charter provider between Miami and Cuba. The plan was much more than this. Other destinations in the Caribbean and South America should have followed, but it didn't get to that.
On September 2017, the new Eastern Air Lines made its last flight. The remains of the airline were taken over by the competitor Swift Air. The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been returned.
As a result, two orders, which Eastern Air Lines had made in the direction of its expanding plans are in danger now. Boeing could easily compensate losing the order for 10, 737 Max. But it is not that easy for the Japanese manufacturer. The Americans had signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90s before their launch in 2015.
The chance is great that the order will end up with a cancellation. "Keeping the order will be difficult," said a reporter of the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei Asian Review.
Even harder, however, would be an exit from Skywest. The American regional airline operator had ordered in 2012 100 regional jets and secured an option for 100 more. But because of the constant delays in the program, Skywest seems lost its interest in the upcoming regional jet, MRJ.