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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation pushes back first delivery of Mitsubishi Regional Jet to 2017

23-Aug-2013 7:09 AM

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) announced (22-Aug-2013) a revamped schedule of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) programme, announcing a third delay to the programme. The first service is now slated for 2Q2015, with first delivery in 2Q2017. Prior to this adjustment, first flight was scheduled for 4Q2013, and first delivery between summer 2015 and 1Q2016. The company explained: "In the course of developing the MRJ with a focus on safety, unprecedented fuel efficiency, and passenger comfort, MITAC has simultaneously addressed processes in which design and development of aircraft system and component specifications are aligned with safety certification. Design and respective certification, however, have taken greater resources than anticipated which, in turn, impacted component deliveries and aircraft fabrication. In step with programme partners, MITAC has established this new schedule to take into account the fulfilment of respective safety certification standards". Assembly of the first test airframes is under way in preparation for respective ground and flight tests. Customer support’s portfolio of services and providers are also taking shape, as is the preparation of facilities for realising serial production at the earliest. [more - original PR]