Bombardier and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries agreed on a June 1, 2020, closing date surrounding the latter’s acquisition of the Canadair Regional Jet program. The deal was first announced in June 2019.
When Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) takes over the program, it will be operated under a newly created entity called MHI RJ Aviation Group.
As part of the acquisition, MHI acquires the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities for the CRJ Series aircraft, along with the type certificates. This includes CRJ related services and support network mainly located in Mirabel, Québec, and Toronto, Ontario, as well in West Virginia and Arizona.
The new MHI RJ Aviation entity will also eventually provide servicing and support for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet regional jets.
Before COVID-19, there were more than 1,900 CRJ regional jets in service with more than 120 operators in 90 countries.