MRJ Finally Takes to the Skies
MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT Corporation has successfully completed the maiden flight its new Regional Jet.
MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT Corporation successfully completed the maiden flight of the first prototype of its next-generation Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) on November 11. The first flight test aircraft (FTA 1), JA21MJ (c/n 10001), took off from Nagoya Airport and remained airborne for 90 minutes. During the flight, the crew carried out basic handling and functionality tests on the jet.
Speaking after landing at Nagoya the aircraft’s captain, Yoshiyuki Yasumura, commented: “Operational performance of the MRJ was much better than we expected, and we had a significantly comfortable flight.”
The jet will be joined by four more flight test aircraft in the coming months, including FTA 5, JA25MJ (c/n 10005), which will painted in the livery of launch customer All Nippon Airways.
Initial flight testing will continue at Nagoya until the second quarter of 2016 when the test fleet moves to Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington state, where flying will continue towards the type’s certification. The company says the first deliveries to customers are due to take place in the second quarter of 2017.
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