Baku, February 17, AZERTAC
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said Tuesday it has reached a broad agreement with Aerolease Aviation LLC of the United States for an order to supply it with up to 20 units of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first aircraft built in Japan in more than half a century, according to Kyodo news agency.
It is the first order received by the Japanese aircraft manufacturer for the MRJ since a successful test flight of the passenger plane was conducted last November.
The MRJ is the first Japanese-developed aircraft since the YS11 propeller airplane that made its first flight in 1962.
Aerolease Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Florida, signed a letter of intent to order 10 MRJ90 jets, with an option for another 10. Delivery is scheduled for 2018.
A total of 407 MRJ aircraft are already on order and 20 will be added to Mitsubishi Aircraft's order book when the company based in central Japan's Aichi Prefecture signs a definitive agreement with Aerolease Aviation.