First Japan-built airliner in 50 years takes on Boeing and Airbus

NAGOYA, Japan - A new, long-delayed 88-passenger jet from Japan may finally be the right plane at the right time. More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand, report Bruce Einhorn, Kyunghee Park, and Masatsugu Horie for Bloomberg.

First Japan-built airliner in 50 years takes on Boeing and Airbus
First Japan-built airliner in 50 years takes on Boeing and Airbus
NAGOYA, Japan - A new, long-delayed 88-passenger jet from Japan may finally be the right plane at the right time. More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand, report Bruce Einhorn, Kyunghee Park, and Masatsugu Horie for Bloomberg.

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April 18, 2019-Mitsubishi's 88-passenger jet is in the process of being certified and the company says that its Pratt & Whitney powered regional jet, which features Collins Aerospace avionics, will burn 20 percent less fuel compared to competitors' offerings, and will have up to 40 percent less noise than other regional jets.

“The need for regional jets isn’t going down,” said Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. president Hisakuzu Mizutani. “The MRJ is fully capable of competing in the market.”

In addition to Mitsubishi's offering, China's Commercial Aircraft Corp. (Comac) has launched its regional jet, the C919, and a manufacturer in Korea is looking into developing a 100-passenger regional aircraft of its own, which would compete with aircraft made by European- and American-made offerings.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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