NAGOYA, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has unveiled Japan's first commercial jet in more than four decades, with the completion of the first ever Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The jet rolled off the production line last Saturday, with hopes the company will sell more than 2,000 units of the aircraft to airlines around the world.
Customers who have placed orders so far, include All Nippon Airways (ANA), SkyWest, Trans State Holdings and Japan Airlines among others, totalling approximately 223, with SkyWest signing an order for 100 units at the Farnborough Airshow this year.
The aircraft is fitted with Pratt and Whitney PurePower engines, which MHI describes as a contributing factor to "drastically reduced fuel consumption, noise and emissions" for the jet, while offering"top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort, and large overhead bins."
The MRJ will carry a price tag of around $42 million, and will compete with such regional jet manufacturers as Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier.
Mitsubishi says that they are now ready to proceed with the MRJ's first flight, which will take place in the second quarter of 2015.
The MRJ's first delivery is expected in 2017.
Written By: Luke Hague, Pilot.