Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conducted the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight test aircraft, their next-generation regional jet, on November 11, 2015.
The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport in Japan, and the test confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in ascent, descent and turning in airspace off the Pacific coast during its one and one-half hour flight.
Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI will continue to conduct flight tests ahead of the first delivery, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. The flight tests in the USA are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016, from the MRJ base at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State.
Click here to watch a video of the MRJ’s first flight over Nagoya, Japan.
November 13, 2015