Japan Airlines to buy 32 Mitsubishi planes

DPA Tokyo | Updated on August 28, 2014

Japan Airlines Co was to purchase 32 aircraft from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp for its domestic services, the companies said Thursday.

Japan Airlines (JAL), the country’s second—largest airline, plans to start using Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJ), the first Japanese—built commercial passenger planes for 40 years, from 2021, it said.

The aircraft are valued at a total of about 150 billion yen (1.4 billion dollars), the Kyodo News agency reported, citing JAL sources.

Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, said an MRJ reduces fuel consumption by more than 20 per cent compared with other regional jets currently in operation.

The purchase follows orders for 50 MRJs from airlines in the United States and Myanmar this year. Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to start delivering MRJs in 2017.

JAL, which was relisted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in September 2012 after bankruptcy in 2010, has also said it would buy 27 planes from Embraer SA in Brazil.

Published on August 28, 2014

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