28 NOVEMBER 2016
BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.
The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
© 2019 Business Travel News Ltd.
The fourth Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation MRJ-90 flight-test aircraft, seen as a possible contender for services into London City Airport, made its first flight in Japan last week.
It is Japan's first commercial airliner since the YS-11, built by the Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.
With 70-90 seats, the sleek MRJ-90 could join the regional-jet line-up which presently includes the Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E2 and Sukhoi Superjet.
Mitsubishi said the test aircraft flew for 2hr 4min after taking off from Nagoya Airfield. Two MRJ-90s have already been transferred to the US, where the majority of flight testing is being held toward the regional jet’s certification.
Two more MRJ-90s are scheduled for transfer to the US flight-testing base by the end of this year, with the first delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) planned for the second half of 2018. A fifth MRJ-90 flight test aircraft will remain in Japan.
In all, Mitsubishi plans to conduct 2,500hr of flight testing with the five MRJ-90 aircraft. So far, it has conducted about 250hr.
A first flight of the MRJ-70, the smaller variant in the MRJ programme, is expected in the second half of next year.
All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum
No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?