On May 22, Aviation Week Senior Editor Guy Norris reported on the recent success of the MRJ90 program and the production approval of the MRJ70 in his story, “MRJ70 Gets Green Light as MRJ90 Testing Tracks to Revised Plan.”
The regional jet market appears poised for consolidation with leading players Embraer and Bombardier on the verge of being absorbed by giants Boeing and Airbus. But in a recent editorial, FlightGlobal writes that the Mitsubishi Regional Jet would benefit the entire industry by providing a fresh new choice in the marketplace.
In 2017, the MRJ development program made significant strides. A re-organization at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation offices earlier last year strengthened program teamwork, which led to notable testing progress and a successful debut at the Paris Air Show.
While the MRJ continues on its path toward type certification, we take a look back at the important milestones the program has achieved in 2017.
It’s a sunny and hot July afternoon in Eastern Washington, and Kenji Okimoto is racing down the runway of Grant County International Airport. Okimoto, a vice president at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America who runs operations support at Moses Lake Flight Test Center, is looking to position himself near the right runway so he can take a group of guests to observe today’s take-off of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Air traffic control switched the runway due to a change in the wind conditions.
To celebrate the MRJ’s milestone debut at this year’s Paris Air Show, we have produced an exclusive behind-the-scenes recap of our activities at Paris.
To set a new benchmark in regional aviation, Mitsubishi has assembled a global team of top aviation engineers paired with Japanese manufacturing experts.
It takes more than a single pilot to get an aircraft off the ground. Behind every take-off and landing is a team of aviation engineers, flight testing experts and strategists developing the aircraft of tomorrow. With more than 130 years of experience building transportation systems, defense aircraft, advanced rocketry and components for commercial aviation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) understands the challenge of developing an entirely new aircraft, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, for a demanding market.