The MRJ during its first flight last November.

MRJ airborne for the first time

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took to the skies for the first time on Wednesday 11 November. The Mitsubishi-built aircraft took off from Nagoya Airport and confirmed basic flight characteristics and functionality in airspace off the Pacific coast during its 1.5-hour first flight.

“Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable flight,” said Pilot Yasumura, who served as captain. Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries state they will continue to conduct flight tests for the first delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

Flight tests in the US 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.

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Featured image (top): Take off for the first MRJ. (Image © Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)