Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation have signed a letter of intent to order thirty-two Mitsubishi Regional Jet aircraft, as the next-generation regional jet for the JAL Group.
JAL plans to deploy the MRJ on domestic routes from 2021, operated by J-AIR, the group’s 100 per cent owned regional airline subsidiary.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has made steady progress on the development of the MRJ, Japan’s first passenger jet, which is scheduled first delivery in 2017.
As a network carrier that also operates regional jets, the JAL aims to contribute to the birth of this passenger jet that Japan boasts to the world, by not just operating the MRJ, but also providing comprehensive support.
Equipped with newly-developed Geared Turbofan engine, the MRJ will achieve significantly lower operating costs than current regional jets.
JAL will operate the MRJ as the core aircraft on its regional routes, and remains committed to improving products and service quality from the passengers’ point of view and developing more convenient networks.
The MRJ will support JAL explore a new era of air travel.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70~90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring the Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower engine.
It uses state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort, and large overhead bins.