Mitsubishi’s Bid to Diversify into Aviation – MRJ90
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been developing and manufacturing key components, for civil aircraft for many years, even when MHI’s production has been limited to parts such as wings and fuselages. Four MRJ90s landed in Moses Lake in Washington, US last November, in order to operate test flights to obtain certifications for regional use. Both MHI and Mitsubishi Automotive have presence in Mexico, so perhaps the participation of the country in their construction could tempt Mitsubishi to enter the local aerospace manufacturing market, diversifying their global brand and production. The regional airlines SkyWest Inc. and Trans States Holdings have ordered 100 and 50 aircraft respectively, but the MRJ does not yet meet the U.S. stipulations on weight. While no Mexican airlines have placed orders, AeroMexico employs Bombardier CSeries models and Across México received 23 executive jets from Embraer. There is a market for MRJ purchases, as well as manufacturing components.