"As with the first flight conducted with MRJ
's FTA-1 in November of last year, we had a quiet, smooth first flight with FTA-2," said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
Mitsubishi Aircraft will conduct the final engine assembly at MHI's Nagoya Guidance & Propulsion Systems Works to streamline the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's first small passenger jet, as it will carry out the final assembly of MRJs
at MHI's nearby plant in Aichi.
Here, visitors can view a full-size mockup of the MRJ
's nose, forward fuselage, part of its main wing, and engine.
"We're very excited to introduce the MRJ
and Geared Turbofan engine as our next generation regional aircraft fleet solution," said Yoshiharu Ueki, president, Japan Airlines.
is a family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation regional jets under development by Mitsubishi Aircraft.
In addition to the tail-cone assembly, LMI provides machined structural components for the MRJ
through other contracts and customers.
ANA became the first airline to place a formal order for the MRJ
, announcing March 27 it had finalized orders for 15 units and placed tentative orders for another 10.
The collaboration will provide MRJ
customers with a best-in-class airframe MRO service solution through an established authorised maintenance organisation, capable of delivering full-spectrum support.
Effective April 1 MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft launched a new management structure to facilitate transition of the MRJ
project from the development stage to the manufacturing phase, and under the new framework initiatives are moving forward towards more unified operations.
The final assembly of the MRJ
, as well as its ground tests and flight tests are scheduled to take place at the Nagoya Airport and Komaki South Plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI) Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works adjacent there.
Manufacturer and designer of aircraft engines Pratt & Whitney said on Wednesday that it will provide exclusive power for 100 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ
) aircraft for an order announced by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and SkyWest Inc.
But the fate of the MRJ
business will hinge on demand in the overseas market because orders from the domestic market will be limited and overseas manufacturers are competing to win large shares in the small passenger jet market, analysts said.