U.S. Orders 100 Passenger Jets From Mitsubishi

TOKYO (AP) -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said it has received 100 orders for its mid-sized jet -- the first "made in Japan" passenger aircraft -- from a U.S. airline company.

Mitsubishi Heavy said Friday it will deliver the 70-90 seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet to Trans States Holdings, which operates two regional airlines -- Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines -- in the U.S.

The first batch of Mitsubishi planes will be delivered to Trans States Holdings in 2014.

Costing $40 million per aircraft, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a lightweight carbon-fiber composite jet designed to consume about 20 percent less fuel than comparable standard jets.

The company first received 25 orders for the jet from All Nippon Airways Co., Japan's No. 2 airline, in 2008.

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