This year’s Paris Air Show marked the official debut of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. While at the show, we spoke with MRJ program test pilots Captain Martin Trout and Captain Yoshiyuki Yasumura inside the flight deck and cabin of the MRJ as they shared details about the aircraft’s flying experience, performance attributes and benefits to airline customers.
Both pilots praised the MRJ’s performance on its maiden voyage to Paris.
“This airplane is very easy to control,” said Yasumura, who used to fly fighter jets for the Japanese military. “I flew from Moses Lake in the U.S. to Canada, then Greenland, Iceland, then Le Bourget.”
“It was a really, really pleasant experience,” said Trout, a veteran pilot with 30 years of experience. “Last time I was here was 20 years ago when I was still in the U.S. Air Force and I was looking forward to coming back in a totally different job.”
The two pilots also touted the MRJ’s clean-sheet design, explaining how the aircraft’s advanced aerodynamics, industry-leading fuel efficiency, reduced pollution footprint and lower noise profile will allow it to fly in and out of tightly restricted airports. These characteristics help make the MRJ a leading candidate for partners expanding their regional networks in coming years.
To hear more, watch the interview video above.