More than a year after its first test flight, Japan’s Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is still a long way from entering service. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has pushed back the delivery of the first aircraft from 2018 to 2020. It’s the fifth delay since the launch of the programme in 2008. All Nippon Airways, the MRJ’s launch company, says it’s "disappointed" but confirms its support for the aircraft manufacturer.
The company explains the two-year postponement by a need to carry out "revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification".
However, since these changes do not affect the structure of the jet, the flight test campaign should continue normally. In the long term, the Japanese aircraft manufacturer believes the MRJ will enable it to capture half of the regional market for 70 to 90 seat aircraft – a market largely dominated by Bombardier and Embraer today.