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Mitsubishi wants to accelerate flight tests


MRJ90 flight testing to continue in Washington state
Mitsubishi Aircraft is trying to get permission from regulators in Japan and the US to bring forward the start of flight testing for its MRJ aircraft by six months to this summer.
The MRJ90 made its first flight in Japan last November, but the following month the company announced a delay in the first delivery, to All Nippon Airways, to mid-2018.
Now, however, Mitsubishi wants to take the first MRJ flight test aircraft (FTA-1), which has accumulated 44 flight hours on 22 test flights in Japan, to the US about six months earlier than planned.
FTA-2, currently preparing for its first flight in Japan in May, could also go to the US this summer. MRJ flight testing is due to take place at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.
Hideyuki Kamiya, Mitsubishi Aircraft’s head of strategic marketing, explains that the manufacturer wants to create a “schedule buffer” in case “unexpected things” are encountered in the flight-test program. There are 223 firm orders so far for the MRJ90.


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