Regarding Recent MRJ News Reports
(Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation; issued October 03, 2016)
NAGOYA, Japan --- News reports on October 1 cited a delay in the delivery schedule for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet). However, no such announcement has been made by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI).
At present, no decision has been made to change the delivery schedule.
We are moving forward with MRJ development to achieve both safety and superior performance as we overcome issues one by one while devoting the most careful attention to safety. When issues arise in the development process, we take appropriate steps, including informing and consulting with the authorities and customers.
If any decisions are made in the future on important items to be made public including development schedule, we will announce them promptly.
At the end of last month, Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI successfully completed the ferry flight to the United States of the MRJ's first flight test aircraft (FTA-1).
As we expect various issues may arise in the future, we will accelerate flight tests in the U.S. toward the successful development of a world-class regional jetliner.
Mitsubishi Heavy Aircraft Unit May Delay Delivery of MRJ Passenger Jet Again
(Source: Kyodo news service; published Oct 1, 2016)
NAGOYA, Japan --- A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. may delay the initial delivery of the first passenger jet to be developed in Japan due to technical problems, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., an entity 64 percent owned by Mitsubishi Heavy, told its customers that it may need to push back the current delivery schedule of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, from the middle of 2018, the source said.
If postponed, it will be the fifth delay in the delivery plan and potential design changes could force Mitsubishi Aircraft to review production plans and lead to a substantial delay in the delivery schedule, though manufacturing operations have already started.
Last December the company put off the initial delivery by a year to the middle of 2018, as it wanted more testing time to strengthen the wing design.
The possible postponement comes as an MRJ arrived at its test-flight base in the United States on Wednesday after aborting its flight to Grant County International Airport in Washington state twice due to problems with its air-conditioning system.
The jetliner, which seats 70 to 90 passengers, is designed for short- to medium-haul flights and consumes 20 percent less fuel than other aircraft of a similar size.
It made its maiden flight last November in Japan.
Launch customer ANA Holdings Inc., the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co., has placed orders for up to 25 MRJs.