The market for small passenger jets is heating up with two new arrivals about to take to the air and the established producers upgrading aircraft.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Regional Jet will make its first flight in the second half of October, the Nagoya-based company has confirmed. First deliveries of the aircraft are due in 2017 – 70-90 passengers, it has a 2+2 cabin and orders stand at 223.
China’s first regional commercial jet, the ARJ21-700, is slightly larger with accommodation for 70-95 passengers depending on specification and will enter service with Chengdu Airlines in February next year. This aircraft is 3+2 with orders standing at 342.
The Embraer (Brazil) E series is the most successful small jet airliner with 1,400 firm orders plus around 150 of what it calls the E2 variant due for 2017 with seating up to 144, twice the original EMB 170 – 2+2 once again.
Bombardier (Canada) was first out of the blocks with the CRJ200, based on the original Canadair Business jet. Production continuing with 800 orders to date – 2+2 and up to 100 seats.
The Bombardier CSeries is getting ready for introduction. Five abreast and 160 passengers at most.
The final aircraft is the Russian Sukhoi Super Jet, in service with 343 orders and an upgrade promised – 3+2 and maximum 98 passengers.