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By Sam Nussey and Maki Shiraki
TOKYO, April 7 Japan's ANA Holdings Inc
, will lease four Boeing 737-800 aircraft while
it awaits delayed deliveries of the country's first commercial
aircraft in 50 years, the 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ),
a senior executive told Reuters.
"We have shortages because of the delayed delivery of the
MRJ," said Yuji Hirako, who took up the role of president and
chief executive of ANA's airline subsidiary, All Nippon Airways
Co, on April 1.
ANA, Japan's largest airline, had no plans to cancel its
order for 25 of the Japanese-designed jetliners, he added.
The aircraft will be leased from Singapore-based BOC
Aviation Limited and Dublin-based SMBC Aviation
Capital, a representative said.
The MRJ, which is being built by a subsidiary of Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries, was delayed for two more years in
January to redesign its wiring, with first delivery now set for
2020. The latest holdup is the fifth since development began ten
To tackle the delays, ANA previously said it would push back
the retirement of older Boeing 737-500 aircraft and buy three
DHC-8-Q400 aircraft from MRJ rival Bombardier. Each of
the 737-800s can seat up to twice as many passengers as an MRJ.
(Reporting by Sam Nussey, Maki Shiraki and Tim Kelly; Editing
by Clarence Fernandez)