Don't laugh, don't cry, don't even curse, but.....
- May 31, 2007
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It would appear that UTC Aerospace Systems has a major PR disaster (at the very least) on it's hands. One suspects that Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is not very happy with them at the moment...TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--The latest problem to hit Japan’s trouble-plagued first passenger jet has flummoxed engineers and could erode confidence among clients expecting deliveries of the aircraft.
Glitches in the environmental control system forced the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to scrap its maiden overseas flight to the United States first on Aug. 27 and again on Aug. 28. Both times, the jet had to return to Nagoya Airport here.
On Aug. 30, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., developer of the MRJ, said the third attempt to send the jet to Grant County International Airport in Washington state has been pushed back to the end of September. The MRJ is to undergo testing at the U.S. airport.
“We have not worked out the cause of failure,” a company executive said on the night of Aug. 29. “It will take a while for the re-relaunch.”
The executive said time is needed for a comprehensive investigation into the environmental control problem and to gain necessary permission for a stopover at a Russian airport.
The major U.S. aircraft parts manufacturer that produced the MRJ’s environmental control system is also totally baffled, the executive said, adding that it is “the first case of its kind” for the U.S. company. [snip]
When planemakers such as Brazil's Embraer and Japan's Mitsubishi designed their latest regional jets, with heavier but more fuel-efficient engines, they expected the scope clause to have loosened, but unions have managed to hold on to it.
Delta's vote will follow similar decisions by unions at American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N) earlier this year and in 2015.
Pilots' opposition to relaxing scope clauses is a problem for Embraer’s E175-E2 regional aircraft that is to be delivered in 2020, and Mitsubishi’s MRJ90 jet, slated for delivery in mid-2018, which both exceed the weight limit.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/mrj-safe-despite-receiving-non-conforming-metal-441938/Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has confirmed that one of its metal suppliers has been caught fabricating inspection data on its products, but that is not expected to have any impact on the development programme for the MRJ regional jet.