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Mitsubishi jet hit with up to 20-plane cancellation from US buyer

SpaceJet suffers first withdrawal since development freeze

The delivery date for the SpaceJet has been pushed back six times due to problems in development.

TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Aircraft said Friday that a U.S. leasing company had cancelled an order for up to 20 SpaceJet passenger planes, marking the first such withdrawal since the troubled regional jet program was put on hold last fall.

Aerolease Aviation ordered 10 SpaceJets in 2016 with an option to purchase 10 more. The company cancelled the order for the 90-seater craft at the end of December.

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