Mitsubishi aircraft programme moves ahead

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation says it has entered the production drawing phase for its next-generation regional jet (MRJ).

The MRJ will be Japan's first home-developed passenger aircraft. Since finalising its configuration in September 2009, MJET has been working on the design review targeted for completion by summer 2010.

In the manufacturing process, MJET is responsible for design integration, while production of components will be carried out by designated partners. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is responsible for fabricating the fuselage, wing, empennage, and aircraft final assembly.

Development of the MRJ programme continues to progress on schedule, with first flight scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, and first delivery early in 2014.

MJET was set up on April 1, 2008 to conduct the design, type certification, procurement, sales & marketing and customer support of the MRJ.

The aircraft family will comprise 70- to 90-seat regional jets designed to offer both top-class operational economy and a high level of cabin comfort.

Fuel consumption, noise and emissions will be reduced through the use of state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, noise analysis technologies and Pratt & Whitney's PW1000G Geared Turbofan engine, which Mitsubishi describes as 'game-changing'. The MRJ will be the launch platform for the PW1000G.


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