* Trans States Holdings orders up to 100 regional jets
* Second customer after All Nippon Airways
* Mitsubishi Heavy shares up 3.4 pct vs Nikkei 2.5 pct fall
By Yuko Inoue
TOKYO, Oct 2 A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
(7011.T) unit said on Friday that it had won an order for up to
100 regional jets from a U.S. airline, breathing life into
Japan's nascent aircraft industry.
Trans States Holdings (TSH), America's second-biggest
independent regional carrier, placed an order for up to 100 jets
with Mitsubishi Aircraft, becoming its second customer following
All Nippon Airways (ANA) (9202.T) and its first client overseas.
TSH said fuel efficiency and other economic advantages over
rivals led the company to choose Mitsubishi's jets.
Mitsubishi said it would deliver the first jet to TSH in
2014. The remaining 99 planes will be delivered in the five to
six years after the initial delivery.
The order provides a tailwind for Mitsubishi Heavy, which is
chasing Canada's Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) and Brazil's Embraer
(EMBR3.SA) in its $2 billion project to build Japan's first
It aims to sell 1,000 of its jets over the next 20 to 30
years, but has so far only won one order from ANA for up to 25 of
its 70- to 90- seat planes, which analysts have estimated to be
priced at 3 billion yen to 4 billion yen ($33 million - $45
TSH comprises Trans States Airlines, which operates as US
Airways Express for US Airways LCC.N and GoJet Airlines, which
operates as United Express for United Airlines UAUA.O.
Trans State Airlines has a 48-plane fleet of 50-seat Embraer
ERJ145 jets. GoJet's 15-plane fleet consists of 66-seat
Bombardier CRJ700 planes. Together, they run 350 flights a day
between 50 cities.
Mitsubishi Heavy said last month that it would delay delivery
of its first passenger jet by three months to the first quarter
of calendar 2014 as it switches to aluminium wings instead of
carbon fibre for better fuel efficiency.
Shares in Mitsubishi Heavy, which hopes to beat its rivals by
marketing fuel efficient jets, closed up 3.4 percent against the
benchmark Nikkei average's .N225 2.5 percent fall.
(Additional reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo, Colin Parrott, Mayumi
Negishi; Editing by Joseph Radford)