Mitsubishi Regional Jet

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Mitsubishi Regional Jet Delayed to Mid-2020

Tokyo, January 23, 2017: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced today that MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will adjust the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The change is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification.

The design change will not affect aircraft structure and these design changes will not affect aircraft performance, fuel consumption, or functionality of systems. The company has already completed static structure test with ultimate load(150% load) successfully.

MHI recently established the MRJ Business Promotion Committee, chaired by Shunichi Miyanaga, President & Chief Executive Officer of MHI, to oversee the continued development and long-term business performance of the MRJ, effective on November 28, 2016.

Since the historic MRJ first flight in November 2015, Mitsubishi Aircraft announced significant progress in both engineering and test, and now four MRJ90 test aircraft are flying, three of them in the United States.

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Second MRJ test aircraft taking-off for the first flight
Photo: Mitsubishi Aircraft

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MRJ Completes Ferry Flight to the U.S.

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Type certificate scheduled for 2018

Nagoya, September 29, 2016: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced today the successful ferry flight of a MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) to the United States. Using the First Test Aircraft (FTA-1) of the new regional jet, Mitsubishi Aircraft will intensify flight tests in the U. S. in order to accelerate the development of the MRJ toward type certificate acquisition in 2018.

The aircraft took off from Nagoya Airfield at 1:28 pm on September 26 (JST), and arrived at Grant County International Airport in the U.S. State of Washington at 9:44am on September 29 (JST) (5:44pm on September 28 in local time).

Test flights of the MRJ in the U. S. will be supported by three engineering bases (Moses Lake Flight Test Center, the MRJ flight test center within Grant County International Airport; Seattle Engineering Center and Mitsubishi Aircraft Headquarters in Japan).

Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70-90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring the Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort with large overhead bins. The MRJ carried out the first flight on November 11, 2015.

With the recent sale of ten MRJ to U.S.-based Aerolease Aviation, 427 MRJ aircraft are on order (233 firm, 170 option and 24 purchase rights). 20 will be added to its order book when Mitsubishi Aircraft signs a definitive agreement with Rockton. The total of 447 MRJ aircraft includes 243 firm orders with 180 options and 24 purchase rights.

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

MRJ Program Delayed

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Latest development status announced

Nagoya, December 24, 2015: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced that the companies will change the first delivery schedule of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, from the second quarter of 2017 to approximately one year later. At a press conference the following statement was published:

“The first flight and the subsequent flight tests have confirmed the basic characteristics to be satisfactory. However, we also have recognized several issues as we attempt to accelerate our development. In order to tackle these issues and address the perspectives below, we have reviewed and revised our overall schedule.

Specifically, in the progress of our engineering work together with experts in the United States, we have made additions to and revisions of test items in order to complete a better-integrated aircraft. These have been reflected in the new delivery schedule. In addition, we have undertaken an overall review with our partners, and reflected this in our development schedule.

Looking ahead, we will be managing our milestones, and increasing the precision of our schedule as we progress. We will also carry out flight test campaign in North America as soon as feasible and assign the roles and responsibilities of the three engineering bases (Mitsubishi Aircraft Headquarters, Seattle Engineering Center and Moses-Lake Test Center) for prompt execution in all fields. With all these measures, we aim to propel the development of the MRJ.

We remain firmly committed to providing our customers with better-integrated aircraft with higher levels of safety and reliability, as well as high-quality services.”

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

UTC Aerospace Systems and MRJ

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UTC Aerospace Systems Helps Enable Mitsubishi Regional Jet First Flight

Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 11, 2015: Key, advanced technologies supplied by UTC Aerospace Systems helped enable today’s successful first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The MRJ is a family of 70 – 90 seat next-generation regional jets under development by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC). MITAC has received orders for more than 400 MRJs.

UTC Aerospace Systems provides a large number of systems on the MRJ including electric power generation and distribution, nacelles, fire & overheat protection, air data sensors, environmental control systems and cabin pressurization, wheels and brakes, ice detection/protection systems, interior and exterior lighting, and primary and secondary actuation. In addition, the company provides a number of systems and components on the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1200G engines that power the MRJ.

“Congratulations to MITAC – it’s a great day for everyone who has worked so hard to see this innovative airplane take flight for the first time,” said Dave Gitlin, President, UTC Aerospace Systems. “Our employees are very proud to contribute to the success of MRJ and we look forward to supporting our valued customer on this very important program.”

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com.

Source: UTC Aerospace Systems

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Engines Power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s First Flight

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Nagoya, Japan, November 11, 2015: Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engines have successfully powered the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) in its first flight. Mitsubishi was the first airframer to select the PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engine.

“The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has made our country proud and the Pratt & Whitney propulsion technology used on this world-class aircraft has made today possible,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, president, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “The Mitsubishi team, in close coordination with the Pratt & Whitney team, has made the MRJ’s first flight a great success.”

“Eight years ago, Mitsubishi believed in the ingenuity of our newest technology – the PurePower engine – and we are proud to make their stunning aircraft fly today,” said Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “Over the course of our history, Mitsubishi and Pratt & Whitney have worked to innovate and create new technologies that advance the passenger travel industry. What we have accomplished together is truly impressive and we look forward to continuing on this path forward.”

With more than 23,000 hours of testing and perfecting, including 40,000 cycles, the PurePower engine continues to prove its capabilities in the skies. Now, Pratt & Whitney has three PurePower engines powering the next-generation of aircraft.

The PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family has about 7,000 orders, including options, with more than 70 customers from more than 30 countries.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Mitsubishi Aircraft: MRJ Completes First Flight

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Nagoya, November 11, 2015: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today conducted the first flight of the first flight test aircraft for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), 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.

(see video from the first flight: http://www.mrj-japan.com/movie.html )

“The MRJ successfully took to the sky today thanks to ongoing cooperation and support from all members involved,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “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 US 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.

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft

First Flight Coming Soon

Mitsubishi MRJ: First Flight Coming Soon

Nagoya, October 23, 2015: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today jointly announced that the companies have changed the first flight schedule of the first flight test aircraft of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, because of the need for repair of its rudder pedal.

The first flight, which was originally scheduled to take place between October 26 (Monday) and 30 (Friday), is now scheduled to take place during the week of November 9, 2015. Further announcement will be made one day before the first flight.

Pre-flight review board by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are scheduled for early next week for gaining flight approval. Following approval, high-speed taxiing tests and evaluations will be performed in preparation for the first flight.

Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70 to 90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PW1200G PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions (CO2), while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort with large overhead bins.

Mitsubishi MRJ

Mitsubishi MRJ

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation