Mitsubishi Regional Jet starts flight tests in the U.S

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Washington: The new passenger jet being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation started flight tests in the U.S. on October 18, 2016.

The first flight test aircraft (FTA-1) of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) took off from Grant County International Airport in Washington, the U.S. at 5:20 am on October 18 (1:20 pm on October 17 in local time),and arrived at the Airport at 8:38 am on October 18 (4:38 pm on October 17 in local time). The total flight time was 3 hours and 18 minutes.

The aircraft arrived at Grant County International Airport in the state of Washington on Monday following refueling stops in Russia and Alaska, according to Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

A total of 2,500 hours of flight tests are required for the MRJ to obtain safety certification. The company plans to conduct most of the flights in the United States, as Grant County is known for sunny days throughout the year.

The development of the MRJ, Japan’s first domestically produced jet, has suffered delays due to changes in the design, manufacturing process and parts. The Mitsubishi Regional jet for short- to medium-haul flights made its maiden flight last November.

The first delivery this Aircraft is expected in 2018 to ANA Holdings Inc.