http://youtu.be/uhgzdsZI4YIAt the Asian Aerospace that took place between 8 and 10 March 2011 in Hong Kong, ASIA Travel Tips.com interviewed Mr. Hitoshi Hank Iwasa to learn more about this brand new regional jet from Mitsubishi. The company will first launch the 90-seat MRJ90 and then a year later plans to launch the slightly smaller MRJ70 that has 70 seats. In the HD interview we learn more about Mtisubishi Aircraft Corporation, what makes the jets special, why they feel there is a need for another airline manufacturer and who they plan to target for sales, plus much, much more.
June 28, 2013
Interest among European airlines in acquiring Mitsubishi Aircraft regional jets is focused primarily on a 100-seat version that the Japanese manufacturer has not officially launched, a senior executive with the Japanese manufacturer says.
“The demand over there will be for the larger aircraft,” Howard Thrall, senior vice president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. America, said this week in Washington, where he was the featured speaker at a Japan International Transport Institute-hosted briefing on the future of regional jets. The aircraft Mitsubishi currently is marketing—the MRJ90 and MRJ70—can accommodate up to 92 and 78 seats, respectively.
Thrall did not flinch when someone suggested EasyJet as a potential customer in Europe, but also noted the Air France-KLM was an “active participant” in the MRJ working groups.
Thrall, however, tells Aviation Week that does not expect Mitsubishi Aircraft to make a decision on whether to launch an MRJ100X until the MRJ90 is certified and in service. The first MRJ90 jets are scheduled to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA) in late 2015 or early 2016.
After ANA, the next customers in line for the jet are two U.S. regional airlines: Trans States Holdings in 2016 and SkyWest Inc. in 2017. Both have ordered the MRJ90: 50 firm and 50 on option at Trans States, and 100 firm and 100 on option at SkyWest.
All of the MRJ90 versions are listed with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) in excess of 86,000 lb. Most pilots union contracts with major U.S. carriers include scope clauses that forbid the airlines from outsourcing flying on aircraft above that MTOW, which eliminates the main source of business for regional airlines that acquire the jet.
Thrall, who is responsible for sales and marketing of the jet in the Americas, acknowledges that issue is a “conversation point” in discussions with customers and potential customers in the U.S. But he notes that the aircraft is being designed for the global marketplace, where such restrictions do not apply, and says he does not foresee a problem getting the aircraft certified at a lower MTOW in the U.S.—if that proves necessary.
“The other thing to keep in mind is that these scope limitations change over time,” he says, holding out the prospect that pilots unions will agree to relax the MTOW restrictions.
Thrall also adds that the contracts with SkyWest and Trans States provide “maximum flexibility” to those carriers. Although he did not fully describe what that means, SkyWest has said it has the option to change its order from the MRJ90 to the smaller MRJ70.
Specs talks delay MRJ test flights
NAGOYA – Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has postponed the start of flight tests for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, sources said Thursday.
The company initially planned to begin testing the nation’s first small passenger jet by year’s end, but it will be put off until the end of 2014 because the company is still discussing parts specifications with U.S. and European manufacturers, they said.
The subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. still plans to start deliveries in the second half of fiscal 2015 and will announce the new, overall development schedule within a month, the sources said.
It has received orders for 325 of the jets from such airlines as All Nippon Airways Co. and Skywest Inc. of the United States.
The company established a quality control division at its sales base in the United States in June to accelerate the jet’s development.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-mrj-gears-up-for-static-strength-tests-398966/MRJ gears up for static strength testsMitsubishi Aircraft has rolled out the first ground test aircraft for its MRJ regional jet programme, as it prepares to start static strength tests.
The aircraft, MSN 90001, was transferred from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Komaki South plant, where final assembly of the MRJ is underway, to the strength test station at a facility near the Nagoya Airport, a Mitsubishi spokesman tells Flightglobal.
Images provided by Mitsubishi show a near complete airframe, although the static strength aircraft lacks its horizontal stabiliser. It also has an unoccupied engine pylon under each wing.
8:45 pm, October 18, 2014
TOYOYAMA, Aichi (Jiji Press) — The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first Japanese-made passenger jet, was unveiled on Saturday, about six years after the start of development work in 2008.
A ceremony to show off the MRJ, now being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., was held at the plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., the parent of the aircraft maker, in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture.
“We are unveiling the MRJ after overcoming a lot of difficulties,” Mitsubishi Heavy Chairman Hideaki Omiya said at the ceremony.
The two companies plan to carry out the MRJ’s first test flight in April-June next year and begin to deliver the jet in April-June 2017.
The test flights will be conducted in Japan and the United States.
Thanks!Silencer1 said:Thanks for sharing!
Many successful aircraft starts their life from taxing runways
Hope, this airliner would obtain its' part of worldwide market.
It's better to all countries to compete by civil aircraft, rather then military, IMHO.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/business/AJ201511070040Mitsubishi's new passenger jet clocks 200 kph takeoff speed in ground test
November 07, 2015
By RYO INOUE/ Staff Writer
TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--The first passenger jet manufactured in Japan reached speeds topping 200 kph for the first time during ground trials on Nov. 6 at Nagoya Airport here.
Developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is expected to have its inaugural test flight between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13.
The actual date will be announced a day before the test flight after taking into consideration the weather conditions and state of the aircraft’s fuselage.
The MRJ's taxiing tests started in June at the airport. The tests on Nov. 6 included a trial where the aircraft taxied with its front wheels off the ground, and a test in which the MRJ reached 200 kph, the speed required for takeoff. The speed eventually reached about 220 kph.
Although Mitsubishi Aircraft originally planned to conduct the inaugural flight at the end of October, the company decided to push the timetable back two weeks to make mechanical improvements to the cockpit pedals.
By RYO INOUE/ Staff Writer