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Mitsubishi prepares 70-seat SpaceJet for takeoff in 2023

Redesigned version of delayed MRJ will offer more elbow room than rivals

Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet at the Paris Air Show on June 17. (Photo by Minoru Satake)

LE BOURGET, France -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' aviation unit aims to have its new, narrow-body SpaceJet M100 ready for market in 2023 under plans revealed Monday at the Paris Air Show.

The SpaceJet, a redesigned version of the much-delayed Mitsubishi Regional Jet, will accommodate 65 to 88 seats, compared with the initially planned MRJ that will seat roughly 90.

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