ERA 2014: First MRJ has power on, ready for roll-out

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) reported that its first flight test aircraft has had its power on since September as ground tests have commenced ahead of its first flight in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15).

The aircraft is to be rolled out at a ceremony in Nagoya on 18 October.

Hideyuki Kamiya, MITAC’s director, head of marketing, also announced that the third flight test aircraft has had its fuselage joined.

Akinori Kojima, president of MITAC Europe, is aiming to deliver a launch customer in Europe soon. “In the short term, there is a replacement need in Europe for about 300 aircraft in this sector,” he explained. He added that he has received no complaints from customers about the programme’s progress and is, in fact, “in serious discussions” with several airlines.

On another European topic, Kamiya confirmed that MITAC plans to confirm the MRJ’s capability to operate into London City Airport once the aircraft is flying.

The programme currently has more than 400 aircraft commitments (191 firm, 184 options plus 32 in Japan Airlines’ recent Letter Of Intent)

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

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