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Global Management Forum 2018

AirAsia considers buying Mitsubishi's delay-plagued jet

'We hope Japan supports us well, too,' CEO Fernandes says

Plans for the first deliveries of the MRJ have been pushed back fives times, from an initial goal of 2013 to the current target of mid-2020.

TOKYO -- AirAsia is thinking about purchasing jets from the struggling aircraft business of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, chief executive Tony Fernandes told the Nikkei Asian Review on Nov. 6.

The Malaysia-based budget carrier looks ready to throw its support behind the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's first passenger plane project since the 1960s, which faces financial strain after repeated delays. At the same time, AirAsia is seeking support from Japanese regulators to obtain more slots at Japanese airports.

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