The second ENG MD Explorer for the Asahi Shimbun Press was handed over on 2 May 2003 to
Aero Partners Inc, the MD distributor for Japan. The twelfth MD Explorer in Japan is the first one
to be certified to operate with an increased take-off weight of 6500 pounds. This helicopter is also
fitted with newly certified dual auxiliary fuel tanks that increases its endurance by 90 minutes.
After delivery it will be based at Tokyo Haneda airport.