Tokyo - The new owner of Eastern Air Lines and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation have terminated a contract for 20 MRJ90 aircraft. The cancellation is almost equal to the 10% of the Japanese manufacturer's backlog.

Miami-based regional operator, Eastern Airlines has been bought by Swift Air last year and returned its air operator certificate to the FAA. The acquisition has also affected the existing order for 20 MRJ90 regional jets.

Although the loss of the Eastern's order is unfortunate, we expect it to have no major impact on the MRJ program,
said Yugo Fukuhara, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

The original delivery date for the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ90 was 2013, but the manufacturer has postponed it five times. The delays forced ANA, the launch company, to buy Bombardier Q400s.

Mitsubishi Aircraft is now planning to deliver the first aircraft in mid-2020 if there is no new delay in the program. To date, the company received 213 orders for the 90-seated single-aisle jet from six customers; All Nippon Airways, Trans States Holdings, SkyWest Inc., Air Mandalay, Japan Airlines and Aerolease Aviation. Swedish landlord Rockton signed a letter of intent for 10 MRJ90s in 2016, but it has not been confirmed yet.

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