TOKYO, November 7. /Corr. Kirill Agafonov/. New Japanese short-haul passenger airliner Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) during a ground test was successfully accelerated to takeoff speed is 220 km per hour. This was reported on Saturday, the Kyodo News Agency.
As noted, this test was conducted in preparation for the first flight test MRJ, which has been repeatedly postponed. The last time of the migration test flight, it was announced a few days before the vote. Then, the developers of the liner – Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – it has explained the need to repair the pedals control the rudder.
During recent ground tests, the aircraft has reached takeoff speed and lifting into the air the pilot first had to reject the wheel itself, increasing the angle of attack. However, developers have not yet reached, because finally the “green light” they should give the specialists from the state Commission of the Ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism of Japan.
MRJ has a range of from 1.5 thousand to 3.4 thousand kilometers, and can carry up to 90 passengers. The aircraft has capabilities similar to the Russian “Sukhoi Superjet 100”. The development of liner was carried out in 2007 and cost about 180 billion yen ($1.6 billion). This is the first passenger liner constructed in Japan since 1965.
As expected, the buyers will receive the first MRJ in 2017. Currently Mitsubishi Aircraft has orders for 400 ships totaling 150 billion yen ($1.4 billion) from Japanese airlines and carriers from the US and Asia. Hope MRJ puts the main Japanese airline JAL, which hopes to use it to resume some domestic flights, had to be abandoned because of bankruptcy in 2010.