MRJ now flying in the United States

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that flight testing of the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has begun in the United States.

first flight test aircraft (FTA-1) of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet
MRJ flight testing has now begun in the U.S. The first MRJ-90 test aircraft completed a three hour and 18 minute evaluation flight in Washington state on Oct. 17. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. Photos
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The first flight test aircraft (FTA-1) took off from Grant County International Airport in Washington state on Oct. 17, 2016. Departing at 1:20 p.m. local time, the MRJ-90 flew for three hours and 18 minutes.

Mitsubishi has said it will base four of its five test aircraft at the company’s Moses Lake flight test centre near Seattle. The quiet airspace around Grant County makes it an ideal location for flight testing.

first flight test aircraft (FTA-1) of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is targeted for certification in 2018.

Mitsubishi hopes that “frequent, multiple flight tests” in the U.S. will move the MRJ toward type certification in 2018. Once certified, the MRJ will compete with other regional jets manufactured by Bombardier and Embraer.

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