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MRJ: Delivering Choice for the New Era in Regional Travel

The regional aviation market is in the midst of a substantial shift. With increased demand for point-to-point routes and rapid economic development in global markets, the industry is poised for enormous growth in the coming years. But challenges are evident as well. Regional operators will need to address aging fleets, corresponding maintenance cost increases and the effects of volatile (as of late, rising) fuel prices. And in the segment’s largest market, the United States, they will have to manage ongoing scope clause restrictions.

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Topics: Engineering, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Management Office, Environment, Passenger Experience, Farnborough International Airshow, New Standard

Highlights From the Past Year of the MRJ

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 15, 2018 7:13:00 AM

The past year for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet has been defined by strong and steady progress. In the months following its debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MRJ has undergone a series of key tests including natural icing, high altitude, hot weather and more.

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Topics: Testing, MRJ90, Program Management Office, MRJ70, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

Mapping the MRJ's Key USA Partners

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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The MRJ is Japan’s first ever jet-powered commercial aircraft, but the United States also plays a key role in its development. With its primary testing hub, flight testing sites and a network of partners all located in the U.S., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation have developed a regional aircraft that will advance the aviation industry when it enters the market in 2020. Here’s a look at the partners and locations around the U.S. making it possible.    

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Topics: Testing, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Management Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

A Conversation with Hiroyasu Aruga, the Designer Behind the MRJ

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 2, 2018 8:22:18 PM

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is the first entrant in a new class of higher performance regional aircraft. As the only clean-sheet aircraft for the sub-100 seat category, the MRJ cuts a sharper silhouette than any other jet in its class with a more aerodynamic nose, sleek fuselage and lean wings featuring optimized nacelles.

The man behind the distinct design of the MRJ, many aspects of its interior cabin and its advanced flight deck is Hiroyasu Aruga, a Technical Supervisor & Chief Researcher in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Research & Innovation Center.

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Topics: MRJ Team, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Developments

AvWeek: MRJ70 Approved and MRJ90 Program on Schedule

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jun 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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.”

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, News Releases, Program Management Office, New Standard

FlightGlobal: MRJ70 a Key Entrant in Regional Aircraft Market

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jun 4, 2018 6:20:00 PM

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.

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Topics: MRJ Team, Program Management Office, New Standard

MRJ Kicks Off a Productive 2018

Posted by The MRJ Team on Feb 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The MRJ team has been hard at work in 2018. Following a slate of important tests in 2017 and recent high altitude testing in Flagstaff, Arizona, the program has passed the midpoint in its flight test campaign—accumulating more than 1,700 total flight hours.

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Topics: Flight Testing, MRJ Team, FTA-2, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

MRJ Travels to Arizona for High Altitude Testing

Posted by Katie Woods, Lead Engineer on Feb 5, 2018 10:01:00 AM

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has gotten off to a strong start in 2018. The first major test of the year was for high altitude testing, an important benchmark that gauges whether engines, auxiliary power and other important aircraft systems can perform well in thin, low density air.

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, FTA-4, Program Developments

2017: A Year of Progress for the MRJ

Posted by Alex Bellamy, Head of MRJ Program Management Office on Jan 4, 2018 7:02:13 PM

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. 

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, Ground Testing, MRJ Team, Program Management Office, Program Developments

Inside Moses Lake, The MRJ’s U.S. Flight Test Center

Posted by The MRJ Team on Dec 7, 2017 12:32:58 PM

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.

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, Ground Testing, Program Management Office, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments