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Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)

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Mitsubishi Regional Jet prototype

One of the prototypes of the Mitsubishi MRJ-90 at Nagoya Komaki Airport. (Photo: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ)

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is a two-engine regional jet airliner seating 70 to 90 passengers. It is the first passenger aircraft developed in Japan since the YS-11 turboprop during the 1960s.

The development of the MRJ officially started in 2008 by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, in which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor Corporation are partners. Also involved is Fuji Heavy Industries. The first flight was originally planned for spring 2012 and the first delivery to ANA All Nippon Airways in 2013. But the project suffered heavy delays. On 18 October 2014, the first MRJ prototype was officially rolled out from the factory and the first flight took place on 11 November 2015. The first delivery to ANA is now planned for 2017.

Mitsubishi MRJ90 rollout The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1200G (geared turbofans). Mitsubishi originally wanted to build large parts of the airframe of carbon-fiber-reinforced composites. However, in 2009, the company changed its mind and decided to construct the aircraft's wing from aluminium. In the end, only between 10 and 15 per cent of the airframe is made of composites.

Passengers sit four-abreast (2+2). Mitsubishi claims that the cabin is wider and higher than that of competing aircraft. The margin compared with the E-Jet is very small, however. The MRJ cabin is only 2 cm wider than that of its Brazilian rival. The E-Jets have a double bubble fuselage, with the cargo/luggage compartment under the cabin floor. The MRJ fuselage has a circular cross section and it has the cargo/luggage hold in the rear.

Initially, Mitsubishi has planned two versions, the MRJ70 and MRJ90, seating around 70 and 90 passengers respectively. The MRJ90 is the standard version. A stretched aircraft is under consideration.

The MRJ is entering an already crowded market. Its main competitors are the Embraer E-Jets, the Bombardier CRJ, the Sukhoi Superjet and the Antonov An-148. Among the first customers are the Japanese airlines ANA (15 orders plus 10 options) and Japan Air Lines (32). Most orders are from the United States: SkyWest (100+100), Trans States Holdings (50+50) and Eastern Air Lines (20+20). Air Mandalay (Myanmar) ordered 6 aircraft and took 4 options. Up to mid 2016, Mitsubishi had received 243 firm orders for the MRJ90, 180 options and 24 purchase rights.

The prototypes are being built in an hangar at Nagoya Komaki Airport, but for the final assembly line a new factory is being built with a capacity of up to 10 aircraft a month.






Mitsubishi MRJ-70
The shortest MRJ-version is the MRJ-70. (Image: Mitsubishi Aircraft)

MRJ 70ER
Specifications

Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 9 in)
Length: 33.4 m (109 ft 6 in)
Height: 10.5 m (34 ft 4 in)

Empty weight: 21,700 kg (47,800 lb)
Max. take-off weight:
38,995 kg (85,969 lb)

Accommodation: 70-78 passengers
Range: 2,730 km (1,470 nm)
Cruise speed: 828 km/h (447 kts)

Engines: two
Pratt & Whitney PW1217G turbofans
(69.3 kN - 15,600 lb)


MRJ 90ER
Specifications

Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 9 in)
Length: 35.8 m (117 ft 4 in)
Height: 10.5 m (34 ft 4 in)

Empty weight: 22,600 kg (49,800 lb)
Max. take-off weight:
40,995 kg (90,378 lb)

Accommodation: 92 passengers
Range: 2,400 km (1,290 nm)
Cruise speed: 828 km/h (447 kts)

Engines: two
Pratt & Whitney PW1217G turbofans
(78.2 kN - 17,600 lb)

Mitsubishi MRJ90 Eastern Airlines
The MRJ90 during its first flight on 11 november 2015. (Photo: Mitsubishi Aircraft)


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