TOKYO, 11 Nov. Ksenia Naka. First Japanese passenger jet MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) made its maiden flight, a direct translation is available on the website of the manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet is not only the first Japanese passenger jet, but the first in more than a half-century passenger aircraft made in Japan. Its predecessor was the passenger turboprop YS11, was established in 1962.
Development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, started seven years ago. The first test flight was planned for may this year, but for technical reasons was postponed several times. At the end of October flight was delayed due to the company’s decision to make changes in the cockpit.
The flight will last about an hour, after which the aircraft will return to the airport in Aichi Prefecture.