Mitsubishi’s M90 faces delay amid elaborate certification

By Bjorn Fehrm October 23, 2019, ©. Leeham News: The Japanese News agency Nikkei writes the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation might announce a further delay to the delivery of the first M90 SpaceJet (previously the MRJ90). This time it’s… Read More

Mitsubishi in negotiations with Bombardier to acquire the CRJ program (Updated)

By Bjorn Fehrm June 5, 2019, © Leeham News.: The Air Current broke the news earlier today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is negotiating with Bombardier to buy the CRJ program. BBC has got comments from both companies confirming… Read More

2019 Outlook: A critical year for Mitsubishi’s MRJ regional jet

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction January 8, 2019, © Leeham News.: Mitsubishi Aircraft’s MRJ should originally have entered service 2013. Now the plan is 2020, a record seven years of delay. But 2020 can be the last… Read More

2019 Outlook: Will Bombardier exit Commercial aircraft?

Subscription Required Introduction December 27, 2018, © Leeham News.: In July the CSeries changed from Bombardier to Airbus and in November the Q400 program was sold to Viking Air, the buyer of de Havilland Canada aircraft from Bombardier… Read More

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s tough 2017

By Bjorn Fehrm January 02, 2018, ©. Leeham Co: The past year was difficult for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAC) and its MRJ regional airliner. Although clear progress was made in the flight-testing of the MRJ, problems were found with… Read More

Mitsubishi and ANA show MRJ commitment

June 18, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) CEO Shunichi Miyanaga and the Vice Chairman of ANA Holidings, Osamu Shinobe, gave the full backing to the MRJ program today, when presenting an ANA liveried test aircraft at… Read More

Regional aircraft for US Scope clause operations

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription Required Introduction May 4, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The US regional aircraft market changed shape last year. Most players expected that the negotiations between mainline pilots and the airlines would allow larger and heavier… Read More

Irkut MC-21 missing ultimate load test

By Bjorn Fehrm April 05, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: United Aircraft’s IRKUT MC-21 passed 90% of the static Ultimate load test end February at the TsAGI test institute in Moscow, reports ATO.RU. But the aircraft failed the 100% test. The… Read More

The regional market and scope clauses

By Bjorn Fehrm January 17, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: Union contract Scope Clauses–the provision limiting the weight, capacity or number of aircraft operated by airlines for major carriers–are unlikely to be modified any time soon, panelists at the Air Finance… Read More

“Scope clauses stop aircraft development”

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction October 16, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: “Scope clauses stop aircraft development.” The words are those of Rodrigo de Souza, Marketing manager of Embraer Commercial Aircraft when we spoke at the sidelines of… Read More