With its SpaceJet family (formerly named the Mitsubishi Regional Jet), Mitusbishi is aiming to shake things up in the regional jet market.
We found out more from the programme’s Chief Development Officer, Alex Bellamy.
“The typical impression of flying on an aircraft in the regional sector is that it's cramped and uncomfortable, and that you're not able to take your baggage. On the Mitsubishi SpaceJet, we have plenty of room, [including] 18.5-inch-wide seats," Bellamy said.
The seat width is the same as found on many long-haul economy flights. The SpaceJet overhead bins are also able to carry one roller bag per passenger.
“So yes, with the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family, we're changing the way people travel,” Bellamy said.
He added: “Many people relish the wide-body experience but now people will be looking forward to the final section of their journey and just relaxing on their way home.”
SpaceJet M90 progresses, introducing the M100
Bellamy said that the SpaceJet M90 programme is in its final stages of certification and will be delivered next year to launch customer, Japan's ANA.
At Paris Air Show, Mitsubishi also launched the SpaceJet M100.
“The M100 is our answer to the 'scope clause market,'" Bellamy said. "But it also works really well in the global market, such as Europe.”
Bellamy said the M100 includes a refreshed cabin interior experience, including mood lighting, bigger overhead bins and the capacity for 76 seats in a three-class configuration.
The SpaceJet M100 is scheduled to enter into service in 2023.
“We're expecting a very strong response over the next few months from customers,” Bellamy said.