Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong-based aircraft lease and maintenance company ANI Group Holdings covering a firm order for five of its new MRJ regional jets. ANI Group currently leases aircraft to five Indonesian airlines.
The Japanese airframer called the new order an important first step toward cultivating the fast-growing Asian market for Mitsubishi Aircraft. Until the ANI signing, Japan’s ANA stood as the only Asian customer for the MRJ.
Neither ANI nor Mitsubushi specified which variant of the MRJ–the MRJ70 or MRJ90–the MOU covers. However, ANI said it would consider placing an order for 20 more airplanes once Mitsubishi launches a 100-seat version, now known as the MRJ-100X.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has collected firm orders from ANA for 15 airplanes, along with options on another 10, and for 50 airplanes from Trans States Airlines of the U.S., which also holds options on another 50.