Mitsubishi Aircraft reported that Trans States Holdings, owner of Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, firmed its order for 50 Mitsubishi Regional Jets and sealed options on another 50 aircraft.
Trans States President Richard Leach has visited Japan since the original commitment to exchange views and strengthen their relationship with Mitsubishi. He most recently went to Japan to attend a ceremony on February 1, 2011 to celebrate his company’s signing of the purchase agreement for the 50 MRJs.
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has announced that it is supplying 108 PurePower PW1200G geared-turbofan engines which will power the MRJ. The Trans States order represents 100 firm PW1200G engines powering the aircraft and eight spare engines, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2014. P&W also has options from Trans States for up to 100 additional engines.
“We have been very excited about the MRJ program for a long time, and we are extremely pleased to conclude this major order on December 27 last year reaffirming the 100 aircraft commitment we made with our LOI,” says Leach. “Since that launch order, we have learned a lot about the quality of the Mitsubishi Aircraft team and the quality of the MRJ aircraft. Both have given us great confidence. In addition, many good things have happened with the MRJ itself. Mitsubishi Aircraft has entered the production drawing phase for the MRJ and continues to proceed with the manufacturing process.”
Mr. Leach added: “As the largest privately owned regional airline holding company in America, we offer more than 500 daily flights servicing 93 cities and transport over 8 million passengers annually. We believe that the MRJ will be the ideal aircraft to provide the seamless quality of excellent service for mainline carriers they want and thus we anxiously look forward to the day when we will be operating this spectacular 21st Century regional jet on our routes.”
Trans States carriers operate feeder services for United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways.