Aircraft Mitsubishi Regional Jet began to pass certificationApril 19, 2019
A regional plane Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) with a delay of several years began to undergo a program of certification flights, reports Bloomberg. MRJ was created by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), this is the first new airliner of Japanese design since the 60s (HondaJet does not count, because it does not belong to the category of liners, but is a business jet).
MRJ certification is held in the USA, in the area of Moses Lake, in the state of Washington. The MRJ development program began in 2007, according to the original plan, certification was to be completed in 2012, that is, seven years ago. However, in reality, even the first flight of the machine took place only in 2015.
Tests should be completed within a few months, and the machine will go into production in 2020. “Next year will be extremely important for us,” said the head of the aviation division of MHI – Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. – Hiszaku Mizutani, bearing in mind that the company is not able to once again disrupt the schedule.
The 88-seat modification of the MRJ90 will be the first to go into production, a shortened 69-seat version of the MRJ70 is also planned.
The MRJ90 is equipped with American Pratt & Whitney PW1000G turbofan engines, its flight range is 3200 km.
As Bloomberg emphasizes, the MRJ appeared very timely – the small regional aircraft market is on the rise. Until 2037, airlines around the world will spend $ 135 billion to purchase them. At the same time, the production sector of such aircraft is now in deep reconfiguration. In the past two decades, the main producers of regional aircraft were the Brazilian Embraer and the Canadian Bombardier. The first one was recently bought out by the American concern Boeing, and the European giant Airbus, the Bombardier C-Series regional aircraft, purchased the program.
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