Regional aircraft: Mitsubishi left Québec

Avions régionaux: Mitsubishi quitte le Québec

Eight months after having placed the feet, the aircraft manufacturer, the japanese Mitsubishi Aircraft leaves the Quebec, as a result of the pandemic.

“Mitsubishi Aircraft will close its facilities abroad to consolidate its activities in Nagoya, Japan. Unfortunately, this includes our team in Montreal as well as our facilities in the United States,” said Friday night at the Newspaper , a spokesperson for the company, Jeff Dronen.

These closures occur at a time when Mitsubishi, hit by the crisis, decided to reduce by half the budget and staffing of the SpaceJet, the regional aircraft that the company is developing since 2008.

In September 2019, Mitsubishi had announced with great pomp, in the presence of prime minister François Legault, the installation of an engineering centre in Boisbriand, in order to accelerate the development of the SpaceJet.

Using $12 million

The centre was expected to employ a hundred people this year and up to 250 by 2024.

Quebec had granted an interest-free loan of $ 12 million to Mitsubishi for the project. The company would not have had to repay if the commitments in the area of employment had been met.

The opening of the centre was as a result of the announcement of the acquisition by Mitsubishi of the program of regional jets CRJ from Bombardier, at a cost of US$ 550 MILLION. This transaction has survived the current crisis and will close on June 1.

Mitsubishi Aircraft has a few hundred employees in the State of Washington, where she carried out test flights of the SpaceJet.

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