Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. (Nagoya Airport, Japan) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has conducted the first flight of the first flight test aircraft for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), their next-generation regional jet.
The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport and confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in ascent, descent and turning in airspace off the Pacific coast during its 1.5-hour first flight.
“The MRJ successfully took to the sky today thanks to ongoing cooperation and support from all members involved,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft. “We will make our utmost efforts towards type certificate acquisition, committing all our resources to develop and produce the finest regional jet aircraft to enter commercial service in 2017.”
“Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable flight,” said Pilot Yasumura, who served as captain.
Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI will continue to conduct flight tests for the first delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. The flight tests in the U.S. are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016, from the MRJ base at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State.
Going forward, Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI continue to devote their collective resources towards the successful completion of the MRJ project.
The MRJ family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation aircraft features Pratt & Whitney's PurePower engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering a heightened passenger cabin for flying comfort, and large overhead bins. The composite empennage uses dry fabric and an RTM process.