COVID-19 or not, it looks like nothing is going to stand in the way of Mitsubishi getting their SpaceJet aircraft certified as close to on time as possible.

The Japanese company says that they will continue flight tests of the M90 in Japan while most of their other global plants remain closed due to COVID-19. Their hopes seem to be centred on having the aircraft certified and ready to push back by the time the global pandemic crisis has come to a close and the airline industry has started to get back on its feet.

 

Source: AirTeamImages

Source: AirTeamImages

 

Since so many airlines have grounded their fleets and suspended the majority of their operations, many analysts have predicted that orders for new aircraft will be delayed or cancelled. However, Mitsubishi feels that at this point, they’ve invested too much time, money and effort into the program to take a step back when the SpaceJet is on the verge of completion.

Michel Meluzeau is an aerospace consultant with AIR and he has said on the matter:

The Japanese are not going to pull the plug. they have gone too far,” he says. “We are at the end of the line, almost.

Specifications

Below you’ll find the specifications of the M90 SpaceJet by Mitsubishi

 

Variant M90 M100
Single class 88Y @ 31″ pitch 84Y @ 31″ pitch
Mixed class 81 (9J@36″ + 72Y@30″) 76 (12J+12W+52Y)[
Cargo 18.2 m³ / 644 ft³ 13.6 m³ / 481 ft³
Cabin 2.02 m / 6 ft 8 in Height × 2.76 m / 9 ft 1 in Width
Length 35.8m / 117 ft 5 in 34.5 m / 113.2 ft
Wingspan 29.2 m / 95 ft 10 in 27.8 m / 91.3 ft
Tail height 10.4 m / 34 ft 2 in 10.3 m / 33.9 ft
MTOW 42.8 t / 94,358 lb 42.0 t / 92,594 lb
OEW 26,000 kg (57,320 lb)
Fuel Capacity 12,100 L / 3,200 US gal
Engines (2x) Pratt & Whitney PW1200G
Fan diameter 56 in (142 cm)
Engine thrust (2x) 78.2 kN / 17,600 lbf
Range 3,770 km / 2,040 nmi 3,540 km / 1,910 nmi
MMo Mach 0.78 (447 kn; 829 km/h)
Ceiling 11,900 m / 39,000 ft
Takeoff (MTOW, SL, ISA) 1,740 m / 5,710 ft 1,760 m / 5,770 ft
Landing (MLW, Dry) 1,480 m / 4,860 ft 1,550 m / 5,090 ft

 

ORDERS

Below are the initial orders for the M90 and M100 series of SpaceJets, which show reasonable confidence in the program. We can expect that there will be some cancellations or adjustments to these orders due to the current global crisis.

Order date Airline / Purchaser EIS Type Remarks
M100 M90 Options
27 March 2008 Japan All Nippon Airways 2018 15 10 to be operated by ANA Wings
11 July 2012 United States SkyWest 2018 100 100
28 January 2015 Japan Japan Airlines 2021 32
16 February 2016 United States AeroLease Aviation, LLC 2018 10 10
11 July 2016 Sweden Rockton AB 2020 10 10
5 September 2019 United States Mesa Airlines 2024 50 50

 

 

The SpaceJet certainly looks like a beautiful aircraft and we’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the program and if you’d be excited to board and fly on one someday!