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Mitsubishi Secures Order for 100 Regional Jets

Company is producing Japan's first passenger jet

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the company developing Japan's first ever passenger jet, announced on Oct. 2 that it had received an order for up to 100 planes from U.S. carrier Trans States.

Mitsubishi said it had signed a letter of intent with Trans States Holdings for the big order, of which 50 are confirmed and the remainder options.

"This is a very proud moment for us," Hideo Egawa, president of Mitsubishi's aircraft division, told a news conference.

It is the second order for the 70-90 seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which aims to meet growing demand for fuel-efficient planes. All Nippon Airways is buying up to 25 of the jets.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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