Mitsubishi Regional Jet Delivery Delayed
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said it will put off the first flight of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet to April-June 2015 from October-December this year, due to a delay in the procurement of necessary equipment.
The company, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., will also postpone the first delivery of the MRJ, the first Japanese-developed small passenger jet, to April-June 2017 from the middle of fiscal 2015. It is the third time that the flight and delivery schedules for the MRJ have been pushed back.
At a press conference, Mitsubishi Aircraft President Teruaki Kawai said it is regrettable that the company cannot meet customer expectations, adding that the firm wants to apologize to All Nippon Airways and other carriers that have ordered the MRJ.
Mitsubishi Aircraft has received orders for a total of 325 units from carriers including SkyWest Airlines of the United States in addition to ANA. The fuel-efficient aircraft has 70 or 90 seats.
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