Posted on: 25 May 2010
The potential stretch of Mitsubishi’s MRJ family, a 100-seater, is still described by the company as a ‘plan’ but discussions are moving along and talk of a programme launch at “an appropriate time” has been openly acknowledged by MJET EVP Junichi Miyakawa (centre in picture).
However, Miyakawa gave nothing away as to whether either of the airlines currently planning to operate MRJs – ANA or Trans States – were to include the longer fuselage model in their orders.
The MRJ family programme is now approaching its critical design review (CDR), planned for the end of the northern hemisphere summer. “We currently have more than 1,000 people working on detailed designs,” remarked Miyakawa. “Then once the CDR is done, we shall begin to make parts of the aircraft towards the end of this year.”
As the CDR gets nearer, more elements are becoming fixed. Miyakawa reported that the outer mould line of the aircraft is one such and that many interfaces between major structures and systems have been completed.
An engineering flight simulator has been developed which has helped to complete the flight deck design evaluation and the flight characteristics and handling quality evaluation. Company pilots and airline pilots from potential customers have been given the oportunity to fly the simulator.
In the cabin, work is going on to produce a premium seat in response to customer discussions. Miyakawa would not be drawn on whether the seat designer of the economy 3-D Net Seat, Delta Kogyo, would be the supplier of the larger seats.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net