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Mitsubishi Aircraft opens its new Seattle Engineering Center

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)(Mitsubishi)(LRW)

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation opened and started full operations of the Seattle Engineering Center (SEC) in Seattle, Washington, an engineering arm of its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc. The opening of a development center in Seattle, the global hub of the aviation industry, enables Mitsubishi Aircraft to tap professional expertise on aircraft development and to accelerate the development of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet).

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Mitsubishi Aircraft held an opening ceremony on August 3 to celebrate the opening of the Center. The ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor; Masahiro Omura, Consul General of Japan in Seattle and Lee Human, President, Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification L.L.C. (AeroTEC), one of the partner companies of Mitsubishi Aircraft. Present from Mitsubishi Aircraft were Hiromichi Morimoto, President and Kenichiro Honda, Vice President, SEC, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America.

SEC will work with AeroTEC, which has extensive experience and expertise, to accelerate the MRJ’s conformity activities and provide prompt support for flight tests in the U.S. that are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016 based at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington. SEC will be operated with approximately 150 members, including about 100 engineers recruited mainly in Seattle and about 50 engineers from Japan.

 

 

Japan Airlines finalizes its order fro 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets for J-Air

JAL-J-Air MRJ70 (11)(Flt)(JAL)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has finalized its order with Mitsubishi for 32 Mitsubishi MRJ70 and MRJ90 regional jets (MRJs). This finalizes the Letter of Intent (LOI) announced on August 28, 2014. The aircraft will be operated by subsidiary J-Air (Nagoya).

Mitsubishi issued this statement:

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (Mitsubishi Aircraft) announced they have signed an agreement for the purchase of thirty-two firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on August 28, 2014, and have moved forward to conclude this agreement on January 28, 2015.

JAL highly evaluates the performance of the next-generation MRJ aircraft and Mitsubishi Aircraft’s proposals for operational support following deliveries. Thus far, 407 MRJ (223 firm, 160 option, 24 purchase rights) are on order, including 32 from JAL. Deliveries to JAL are scheduled to commence in 2021.

J-Air Corporation (J-Air), the JAL Group’s 100% owned regional airline subsidiary, will operate the 32 MRJ aircraft.

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Mitsubishi today rolls out the first MRJ regional jet

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation today (October 18) held a rollout ceremony for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), a next-generation regional jet, at the Komaki Minami Plant of MHI’s Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Aichi Prefecture. After unveiling Japan’s first jet aircraft, MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft are now ready to proceed toward the MRJ’s first flight scheduled for the April-June quarter of 2015.

The rollout ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including Akihiro Nishimura, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); Hideki Niwa, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Atsuo Kuroda, Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA Holdings Inc., the launch customer. From MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft, respectively, chairman Hideaki Omiya and president and COO Teruaki Kawai, as well as executives of the two companies, were present.

In welcoming his guests Mr. Omiya spoke of his pride on the momentous occasion. “A product ‘Made in Japan’ – a product offering the highest levels of both operating economy and cabin comfort – is at long last about to leave the realm of dreams and become a reality,” he said. “It’s with utmost confidence and pride that we will soon be sending the MRJ out into the world.”

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Going forward MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft will continue to dedicate their full efforts to ensuring the success of the MRJ project while at the same time playing a core role in the development of the aviation industry. The two companies presently look for the MRJ’s first flight to take place in 2015 and for first delivery in 2017.

Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70~90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring the Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort, and large overhead bins.

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JAL signs a Letter of Intent for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

Japan-J-Air MRJ (JAL)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines  (Tokyo) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to order thirty-two Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft, as the next-generation regional jet for the JAL Group. JAL plans to deploy the MRJ on domestic routes from 2021, operated by J-Air, the group’s 100% owned regional airline subsidiary.

Mitsubishi Aircraft has made steady progress on the development of the MRJ, Japan’s first passenger jet, which is scheduled first delivery in 2017. As a network carrier that also operates regional jets, the JAL aims to contribute to the birth of this passenger jet that Japan boasts to the world, by not just operating the MRJ, but also providing comprehensive support.

Equipped with newly-developed Geared Turbofan engine, the MRJ will achieve significantly lower operating costs than current regional jets. JAL will operate the MRJ as the core aircraft on its regional routes, and remains committed to improving products and service quality from the passengers’ point of view and developing more convenient networks. The MRJ will support JAL explore a new era of air travel.

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