The Japanese company MHI announced on May 7 that a deal announced last year to acquire the Canadian regional jet aircraft program CRJ would be closed on June 1.
The CRJ program will be part of the new MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ) company owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The deal, worth $ 550 million, is not about Bombardier’s production facilities. The Canadian manufacturer will continue to build CRJ aircraft for MHI tentatively until the second half of this year. After the production of CRJ may cease.
The main motivation of MHI to absorb the CRJ program is to gain the missing competencies in marketing and technical support for SpaceJet aircraft. MHIRJ will be based in the city of Mirabelle (the Canadian province of Quebec). Certification and the first delivery of SpaceJet are expected after March 2021. Mitsubishi Aircraft does not indicate a more specific schedule for the implementation of the protracted program.