MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) will be the firstPassenger jet manufactured in Japan. Its production will begin in the very near future. Flights should begin in 2020. The company Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has long walked towards this, but still came.
As a project, MRJ appeared back in 2007. The planes were supposed to start flights in 2012, but the company faced difficulties in development. The first flight took place only in 2015, and the prototype was presented only recently. It seems that now the project is going uphill.
Alex Bellamy, chief developer of MRJ toldBusiness Insider, that all major problems are identified during the first 1000 hours of test flights. To date, MRJ has passed 2,000 hours. The company is now focusing on the release of the MRJ-90 with 88 seats by 2020. A little later, the MRJ-70 with 76 seats will be released.
MRJ will compete with Bombardier CRJ and EmbraerE-Jet. The aircraft will be the first for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, but this does not mean that the company can be called a newcomer to the industry. For a long time, she was a component supplier for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Thanks to colleagues from Business Insider, we can take a look at the MRJ prototype, which was shown with the new Gulfstream.
Aircraft jet engines madeby Pratt & Whitney. They should make the MRJ 20 percent more fuel efficient than other passenger jets.
MRJ can fly 3700 kilometers. The salon in the prototype today looks very brutal, but you can see how it should look in the future.
In 2020, the MRJ should take passengers on board. It will be the first Japanese-made passenger jet.