NAGOYA, Japan - The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has renamed its Mitsubishi Regional Jet, now known as Mitsubishi SpaceJet, and announced a redesigned, smaller model better configured to meet the needs of the U.S. regional jet market.

The first MRJ model currently being flight tested in Moses Lake, a 90-seat plane previously called the MRJ90, is now the SpaceJet M90 and is set to enter service in mid-2020.

Formerly the MRJ70, the SpaceJet M100 has been redesigned as it was previously said to be too small for U.S. airline carriers. The company says the redesigned SpaceJet M100 “is perfectly matched to the United States and global markets alike,” according to a press release. The newly configured aircraft will carry the full U.S. limit of 76 passengers, with three-class cabin configuration, 

“This is a commercial segment where we see great opportunity. As we prepare for entry-into-service for the SpaceJet M90, we are also announcing the SpaceJet M100 – the result of our research and development during the past few years and the answer to the regional market’s current and future needs,” said Hisakazu Mizutani, president of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “These products mark our dedication to a segment in desperate need of change that will allow airlines to enhance the satisfaction of their passengers and significantly improve their business performance.”

Mitsubishi says the SpaceJet M100 “offers the most spacious and comfortable cabin in its class.” The SpaceJet M100 is expected to enter service in 2022.

“The regional market is an attractive one, full of untapped growth potential,” said Alex Bellamy, chief development officer, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “Millions of people around the world rely on regional air travel to get to where they need to go. There is no reason that their experience as passengers should not be as good as or better than on a mainline flight. The SpaceJet family provides the missing link in a curb-to-curb experience for the next generation of travelers, while bringing a higher level of value to a neglected and undervalued market segment.”

The company will debut the SpaceJet M100 cabin interior at the Paris Air Show next week.

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