ERA 2010: 1st metal cut on MRJ by end September

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MJET) reports that its regional jet, the MRJ, has exited the Critical Design Review stage and that it plans to have first metal cut on the aircraft by the end of September.

“This means we have frozen the design of the aircraft,” explained MJET’s director of marketing, Yugo Fukuhara.

Meanwhile, Fukuhara confirmed that the OEM is planning to launch an MRJ100X to broaden the fleet for our customers. No date has been set for launch of the third family member. “For the 100X we are in the concept phase,” explained Fukuhara.

Other programme elements completed include flight deck design evaluation plus flight and handling characteristics. The Pratt & Whitney PW1217G engine is also on track with core tests having been completed with all requirements met.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/

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