Regional aviation’s prospects have never presented more promise than what’s ahead in the next few decades, according to Australian Aviation. In a recent analysis of the regional market, the publication examined the companies vying for the regional segment, and highlighted SpaceJet’s appeal to an industry in desperate need of fresh thinking.
Australian Aviation’s John Walton notes that there are two “sweet spots” for regional aircraft:
- A smaller 76-seat, two-and-a-half class configuration designed for the U.S. market
- A 100-seat aircraft at the upper end of the regional spectrum.
The Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft – between the M90, M100 and a potential M200 – is designed to address both, setting the SpaceJet family up for a successful future independent of the outcome of scope clause restrictions in the United States.
In an interview with Walton given during the Paris Air Show this summer, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy echoes the favorable positioning of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family across the entire operational requirements spectrum of the regional market. In responding to market realities, Mitsubishi Aircraft has developed an aircraft that effectively replaces two aircraft as the M100 will have “better economics than a 65-seat aircraft and the 76-seat aircraft.”
Walton also points to SpaceJet’s modern, spacious cabins – calling them “truly impressive” – as evidence of part of the aircraft’s appeal to a changing regional segment. Between large overhead bins that accommodate one carry-on bag per passenger, to taller cabins and no middles seats ever, the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft is designed to meet the needs and expectations of the modern traveler.
Recent shifts in the regional segment have brought both challenges and opportunities, but with a global, experienced team and a product built for both present day and the long-term, the SpaceJet is positioned well for a bright future.
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