Tokyo, Japan - Trans States Holdings (TSH), the parent company of three US regional airlines dropped an order for 50 SpaceJet M90 with 50 options placed in October 2009.
According to the statement made by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. about the subject, Trans States Holdings has taken this decision since the 90-seat regional jet doesn't meet US scope clause restrictions, which limits the size of planes that can be operated on regional routes.
However, the Japanese manufacturer said further discussions with the American company will focus on the scope-compliant 70-seat SpaceJet M100.
Mitsubishi Aircraft mainly targets the US market with the SpaceJet's M100 variant. The aircraft can accommodate 65 to 76 passengers in a three-class cabin configuration.
TSH has been a long-time proponent of our aircraft program and we look forward to continuing discussions regarding a potential order for the SpaceJet M100 product,” said Hisakazu Mizutani,
the President of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
When we established our contract with TSH, the outlook on the regional market was very different. The scope clauses have not relaxed as anticipated. We have since shifted our strategy to be responsive to the market realities in the US, in partnership with our airline customers. We are confident that the SpaceJet M100 presents us with a market-leading aircraft for North America,
Mr. Mizutani added.
Trans States Holdings is the parent company of the US regional operators Compass Airlines, GoJet Airlines, and Trans States Airlines.
This year, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has received orders for 65 M100 from two US carriers. MESA Airlines placed an order for 50 M100 while an undisclosed operator signed for 15 copies.
Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet is still under type certification campaign and expected to enter into service in late 2020 or early 2021.