Moscow. November 10. The first commercial aircraft produced in Japan since 1974, manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will make its debut flight on 11 November, if weather conditions permit, writes the Financial Times.
As expected, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ-90) will go to the first flight from Nagoya airport. Economical light aircraft designed for 70 to 90 people, and later may receive a modification of the 100 seats.
The Mitsubishi Aircraft expects to push back the Brazilian Embraer and canadian Bombardier in the segment of small passenger planes. This is the market trying to break through the Russian company Sukhoi and Chinese Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).
Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to deliver the first MRJ-90 88 seats to the customer in 2017. The MRJ project was launched in 2008, expenditure on R & d amounted to more than 200 billion yen ($1.6 billion), the timing of the first test flight was postponed several times.
While carriers, including the Japanese All Nippon Airways, American Trans State Holdings, SkyWest, Eastern Air Line and Air Mandalay from Myanmar, ordered a total of 407 aircraft (223 in firm orders and 184 options for re-ordering). The largest order (200 liners) placed SkyWest is the largest regional airline in the world.
In 1974 in Japan was discontinued turboprop YS-11 the company Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (NAMC), produced since 1962. During these 12 years has sold just 180 of these aircraft.
After 1974, the Japanese manufacturers occupied an important place in the market of Airliners, but only as component suppliers. For example, Mitsubishi Heavy and other Japanese companies have delivered about a third of the components of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.