Mitsubishi selects MRO Japan for MRJ airframe maintenance
TOKYO, July 13, 2016 - MRO Japan, the specialist aircraft maintenance subsidiary of ANA HOLDINGS, has been selected as sole preferred airframe maintenance provider in Asia for the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first passenger aircraft to be manufactured in Japan.
As the Asia air travel market continues to show robust growth, an increasing number of airlines, particularly low-cost carriers, are expected to operate without their own aircraft maintenance facilities.
As the preferred airframe maintenance provider in the Asia region, MRO Japan will undertake a full range of maintenance work on the MRJ, including heavy maintenance and support for the MRJ fleet during flight operations. MRO Japan will harness its knowledge and experience to work together with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation to improve the quality of the MRJ in operation, and help ensure that the Japan-made MRJ is positioned to become the aircraft of choice among airlines and customers as the air travel market in Asia continues to grow.
（*） An MRO （Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul） is a contractor providing aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul services.
About MRO Japan
MRO Japan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANA HOLDINGS established in June 2015 on the back of decades of experience and technological expertise of heavy maintenance work within the ANA group. Headquartered in Naha, Okinawa, the company provides aircraft maintenance, modification and painting （incl. special painting） services at Osaka International （Itami） Airport for its customers among major airlines in Japan including ANA. MRO Japan is scheduled to transfer its business operations to Naha Airport in the second half of fiscal 2017, when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is scheduled to acquire a 20% stake in MRO Japan. Following its transfer to Naha Airport, MRO Japan will leverage its high-lever of quality and technology （“JAPAN Quality”） that the company has earned as an MRO provider in Japan to expand its customer base to airlines in the wider Asian region.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70～90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to significantly reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for increased passenger flying comfort with large overhead bins. The MRJ completed the first flight on November 11, 2015.
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About ANA HOLDINGS INC.
ANAHD is an aviation group with global operations and a total of 62 consolidated subsidiaries and 18 equity method affiliates. It is divided into passengers and cargo services segments as well as airline related business such as Catering and IT Services. ANAHD was formed in April 2013 and is the parent company of ANA; full service carrier, and Vanilla Air; LCC. ANA HD promotes a multi-brand strategy to leverage the strength of ANA brand and stimulate demand in markets not completely covered by its full-service airline offering, while expanding market share for the Group as a whole, leading to enhanced value. ANA has about 250 aircraft flying to 90 destinations and carrying about 47 million passengers per year. ANA is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. ANA is a member of Star Alliance. Management vision of ANAHD is “It is our goal to be the world’s leading airline group in customer satisfaction and value creation.”