JAL Orders Embraer E-Jets and Mitsubishi MRJs
Japan Airlines announced orders for new aircraft from Embraer and Mitsubishi. The carrier signed a purchase agreement for 15 Embraer E-Jets and a letter of intent for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.
All of the new planes will be operated by J-Air, a wholly-owned regional airline subsidiary.
The carrier’s Embraer purchase includes E170 and E190 aircraft, and is valued at approximately $677 million. In addition, the order includes options for an additional 12 E-Jet family airplanes.
The Mitsubishi MRJ, available in two versions, the MRJ70 and MRJ90, is Japan’s first passenger jet and is expected to take to the air in 2017. The planes will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s new PurePower engines. The MRJ70 will be able to seat 78 passengers in a typical single-class configuration, while the MRJ90 can seat up to 92.
JAL plans to deploy the aircraft on domestic J-Air routes by 2021.
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