Mitsubishi on target for 2013 delivery of first MRJ

Written by Francisco Camoes · Filed Under Aeronautics News 

May 22, 2009

Francisco Camoes

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is on schedule to deliver the first MRJ90 by 2013 to launch customer ANA, which has firm orders for 25, Executive VP Junichi Mizakawi said at the Regional Airline Assn. conference in Salt Lake City.

The company completed its preliminary design review in April with critical review scheduled to be finished by year end. First flight is anticipated in 2011.

Mizakawi said Mitsubishi, which is offering a 70-seat MRJ70 along with the 90-seat model, remains committed to both types. This week, Sukhoi International said it likely would not move ahead with its 75-seat Superjet owing to scant market interest. Mitsubishi will be able to offer a stretch version up to 112 seats but not beyond, Mizakawi said: “That product won’t go to the 120-seat range.”

The MRJ70s/90s are targeted at specific markets for growth or replacement of 50-seat RJs or older Fokker and BAe 146 aircraft, he said. A cabin mockup complete with newly engineered, lightweight seating is on display at the RAA event.

Commenting on selection of the PW1000G engine for the MRJ, Mizakawi said, “It was a very tough decision for us to make. We had good proposals from every engine company.”

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