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Mitsubishi’s Regional Jet takes first flight

The first passenger plane developed in Japan in more than half a century made itsdebut flight Wednesday, a key step toward the country’s goal of competing globally as an aircraft manufacturer.


November 11, 2015
By Bloomberg News

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which can seat as many as 92 people, took off at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday with two pilots. A round of applause rang out when the plane landed back in Nagoya at 11:02 a.m. after a flight that took it over Japan’s Pacific coast.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has delayed the MRJ’s delivery date three times, finally tapping bullet-train specialists to ensure the plane was completed. The company has won 407 orders, including options and purchase rights, for two versions of the plane, with the first models due for delivery to All Nippon Airways Co. in the second quarter of 2017. | READ MORE