Development of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s MRJ regional jet continues on schedule, as some 800 engineers, designers and subcontractors in Nagoya, Japan, work to complete the project’s critical design review by year-end. The engineering team finished with the project’s preliminary design review in April and aims to ready the first of four MRJ90 prototypes for first flight near the end of 2011.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s board of directors last month appointed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries director and senior vice president Hideo Egawa to succeed Nobuo Toda as president of the commercial airplane company effective April 1. MHI also expects to appoint Egawa to the board of directors during an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting and to assign Toda to the post of vice chairman.
Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has agreed to design and build the slats, flaps, belly fairings, rudders and elevators for Mitsubishi Aircraft’s new regional jet series, the MRJ, the Japanese company announced today.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has signed a support contract with Boeing under which the Chicago-based company will serve as a consultant on the 70- to 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the Japanese company said last month.
Under the terms of the contract, Boeing will help with marketing, development and aftermarket activities for the new regional jet, which the companies expect will reach the market in 2013.
Mitsubishi will fly its new 86- to 96-passenger MRJ90 for the first time in 2011, the Japanese industrial giant said here. Development of a smaller version, designed to seat between 70 and 80, lags by roughly one year.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways today placed a launch order for 15 Mitsubishi Regional Jets. The order, which accompanies options for another 10 airplanes, follows a month and a half of deliberations by ANA’s new aircraft selection committee, which reported its findings to the ANA board. According to the airline, it based its decision on safety, overall economy, operational and environmental performance and passenger comfort.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed its interest in the proposed Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) for its planned fleet expansion. “Indeed, we are considering the MRJ, but we are also looking at similar products from Bombardier and Embraer,” said a spokesman for ANA, Japan’s second-largest carrier.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries yesterday said it will establish a wholly owned subsidiary to produce commercial aircraft components in Hanoi, Vietnam. Plans call for the new division, dubbed MHI Aerospace Vietnam Co., Ltd. (MHIVA), to begin assembling metal aircraft components by the spring of 2009, starting with flaps for the Boeing 737.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has joined the European Regions Airline Association after deciding to go ahead with marketing its proposed Mitsubishi Regional Jet series, which would enter service in 2013 powered by Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans.
Turbine Aircraft Services is taking its pilots’ review of proficiency (PROP) seminar series to Europe. The Houston-based company supports the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops under contract to the Japanese manufacturing giant and has been conducting the highly respected free seminars biennially in the U.S. for the past several years. The one-day seminars will be presented on May 24 in Frankfurt, Germany, and on May 27 in Nykoping, Sweden.