Milestone 1st flight completed by Mitsubishi’s MRJ

The first flight of the first MRJ90 flight test aircraft has been completed, with the aircraft taking off from Nagoya Airport and performing a 1.5 hour flight during which the aircraft confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in ascent, descent and turning.

“The MRJ successfully took to the sky today thanks to ongoing co-operation and support from all members involved,” remarked 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.”

Captain Yasumura, who led the flight crew on the inaugural flight, commented, “The operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable flight.”

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will continue to conduct flight tests for the first delivery to All Nippon Airlines, scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. 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.

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