Mitsubishi looses huge SpaceJet order

Mitsubishi lost an order for 100 of its SpaceJet M90’s yesterday.

Trans States Holdings is the parent company of Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines in the US.

The problem lies in reality, with US pilot unions and their ability to force contracts on the major airlines who subcontract to the smaller ones, that limit seats to under 76. The M90 is an 88 seater. The M100 however is a 76 seater.

However Trans State have apparently made no indication they want to swap to the smaller aircraft.

When the order was originally made the expectation was the restrictive contracts would have been lifted, but nothing has changed.

Only SkyWest now has orders for the M90 and Mesa Airlines ordered 50 M100’s in October.