Posted on: 05 April 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MJET) have jointly announced the start of assembly work by MHI on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).
The initial riveting work by MHI was on the frame structure surrounding the emergency escape hatch for crew in the cockpit roof of the aircraft. Manufacturing of individual parts began last autumn, but the start of assembly work, say MJET “indicates that the MRJ project to develop Japan’s first passenger jet is progressing steadily and firmly as scheduled”. The aircraft’s first flight is scheduled for 2012.
To mark the beginning of assembly work, a ceremonial rivet driving celebration was held at MHI’s Tobishima Plant. The ceremony was attended by Hideo Egawa, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft, and Akihiko Ishikawa, general manager of the commercial airplanes division of MHI’s Aerospace Systems, as well as by others involved in the project.
MHI, in addition to producing the MRJ’s major components – including the fuselage, wings and empennage – will also carry out final assembly and equipment installation on receipt of the various components currently being produced by the many project partners.