Mitsubishi Aircraft on Thursday confirmed plans to establish a footprint in the Broisbriand suburb of Montreal, where it said it expects to create about 100 jobs associated with certification and entry into service of the SpaceJet M90 and M100 regional jets. The announcement comes some three months after parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries agreed to acquire the CRJ regional jet program from Bombardier for $550 million in cash and assume liabilities amounting to some $200 million. Under the deal, MHI will acquire the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities for the CRJ Series, including the related services and support network located in Montreal and Toronto, its service centers located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona, as well as the type certificates.
Mitsubishi Aircraft in June opened its first office outside Japan in Renton, Washington, where it now employs roughly 150 engineering, sales, marketing, and support staff. The company plans to open the office in Broisbriand as soon as possible, likely in the fall, said a Mitsubishi Aircraft spokesman. In the first phase of its staffing exercise, the company plans to hire 30 people with engineering and product development backgrounds. It has scheduled a job fair at the Montreal Grande Hotel for September 21.