The deliveries of Japan’s first commercial jet Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) have been delayed for five times, with deliveries now expected to begin by mid-2020. Despite scheduling issues, the potential competitor of Bombardier, Embraer and Sukhoi still puts a lot of hope in its creation.

A source within Japanese government told Reuters that the primary goal for Tokyo is not to make money off the MRJ, but to kickstart an aerospace industry revival. The sector has been in stagnation for the last fourty years,  after the last (and first) commercial aircraft program – the YS-11 – was scrapped.

The new regional jet has booked a total order of 233 aircraft from airlines and leasing companies. The company aims to sell more than 1,000 aircraft in 20 years. 

All Nippon Airways (ANA), MRJ’s launch customer, has expressed the willingness to wait through the delays. While waiting for Mitsubishi to deliver newcomer planes, ANA has signed the deals with two leasing companies to lease four Boeing 737-800s.

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Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) announced that flight test aircraft #3 (FTA-3) of the MRJ program touched down at Grant County International Airport in Washington State, USA, at 7:24 pm (EDT/ GMT-4) on the 31st of March 2017.
 

The aircraft are now undergoing US certification for commercial operations. The flight test aircraft #3 (FTA-3) of the MRJ program touched down at Grant County International Airport in Washington State, USA, on the March 31, 2017. Mitsubishi has re-scheduled the first delivery from mid-2018 to mid-2020.

The MRJ will be offered in two variants, the MRJ70 which will accommodate 76 seats and MRJ90 with 88 seats. Mitsubishi has also planned for MRJ100X with up to 100 seats.


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