Nagoya, Japan, May 31, 2016 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today conducted the first flight of the second flight test aircraft (FTA-2) of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet.
FTA-2 took off from Nagoya Airport and confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in airspace off the Pacific coast. FTA-2 will carry out flight tests primarily to confirm MRJ's performances in the future.
"As with the first flight conducted with MRJ's FTA-1 in November of last year, we had a quiet, smooth first flight with FTA-2," said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. "After this, we will move ahead smoothly with development of the subsequent flight test aircraft, and make our utmost efforts towards type certificate acquisition and the first delivery."
Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI are scheduled to establish their main base for flight testing this summer at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State. They are committed to accelerating the development of the MRJ toward the first delivery in mid-2018.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world's leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward - advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: "Power Systems," "Industry & Infrastructure," "Aircraft, Defense & Space." We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.
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Joseph Hood, PR Manager
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
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