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MRJ starts certification flight tests

 

07 MARCH, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: MAVIS TOH SINGAPORE

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft has started certification flight tests for its MRJ90 regional jet programme early this month, using FTA-4.

 

It declined to give further details about the tests, which are ongoing at a flight test facility in Moses Lake, but says that it is getting good results.

 

Only the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) is involved for the time being, even though plans had called for the US Federal Aviation Administration to be aboard at the same time for efficiency.

 

Communications were slowed during the US government shutdown and we are now finalising the schedule with FAA, Mitsubishi tells FlightGlobal.

 

MRJ FTA-4 during certification flight tests on 3 March

 

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It adds that the MRJ prototypes have so far logged more than 2,500 flight hours.

 

The Japanese manufacturer received type inspection authorisation from the JCAB last December, paving the way for it to kick off certification flight tests.

 

Mitsubishi is working towards a mid-2020 delivery of its first aircraft to launch customer All Nippon Airways.

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FAA staff cleared to join MRJ certification flights

 

27 MARCH, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: ELLIS TAYLOR PERTH

Mitsubishi Aircraft has received a letter of authorisation from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that clears its staff to fly on the MRJ regional jet during its certification flight test programme.

 

The manufacturer says that FAA pilots have already conducted two familiarisation flights on the MRJ from its flight test base at Moses Lake, Washington.

 

 

Testing for certification by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) commenced earlier this year, and the FAA authorisation is expected to expedite the planned FAA certification programme, says Mitsubishi Aircraft’s head of certification management office Andrew Telesca.

 

“Obviously, as a Japanese aircraft manufacturer, we are working very closely with the JCAB. With our flight test center located in the United States, and since the United States is one of our largest target markets, having the FAA on board at the same time as the JCAB makes things much more efficient,” he says. “Plus, working closely with the JCAB and the FAA will help make certification with aviation authorities in other countries a much smoother process.”

 

Telesca adds that the JCAB certification programme is progressing well, with a flight test team and its FTA-4 flight test aircraft now at Eglin AFB in Florida to complete extreme environment tests at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft opens US headquarters in Renton

 

13 MAY, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: ALFRED CHUA SINGAPORE

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft has opened its US headquarters at Renton, in Washington state.

 

The company says that the office will focus on “finalising” the MRJ programme, including sales, marketing and engineering.

 

“It will also play a key role in future product development,” Mitsubishi Aircraft adds.

 

Its Renton office is the second US facility, after its Flight Test Centre at Moses Lake.

 

At the opening on May 10, Mitsubishi Aircraft chief development officer Alex Bellamy said: “We view the North American market as a driver of our growth, and it is strategically important for us to be close to our customers and support that market demand. Today’s announcement reiterates our commitment to and optimism about this market moving forward.”

 

The MRJ is currently undergoing certification flight tests. Hitoshi Iwasa, Mitsubishi Aircraft America’s president, added that the manufacturer is making “progress” in these tests, in partnership with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and the US Federal Aviation Administration.

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft is also working towards a 2020 delivery of its first aircraft to launch customer All Nippon Airways.

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Mitsubishi MRJ70 redesign nicknamed 'The Concept'

 

17 MAY, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: TOM RISEN WASHINGTON DC

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft is redesigning its MRJ70 aircraft so much that executives now call it “The Concept”, a design intended to comply with seating and weight limits faced by airlines while leaving room to include more passengers if those US scope-clauses change.

 

Executives overseeing the Mitsubishi Regional Jet programme spoke with reporters on 10 May during the opening of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s new US headquarters in Renton, Washington. Alex Bellamy, chief development officer for the MRJ programme, says the company is moving its US headquarters from Dallas to be near the aerospace industry hub of the Pacific Northwest.

 

"The Concept" replacing the MRJ70 will be “scope compliant but not scope-limited”, Bellamy tells reporters.

 

“What we have been working on is I think fundamentally improved over what the MRJ70 was,” Bellamy says. “We don’t want to let the rabbit out of the hat.”

 

Some industry insiders have also dubbed the MRJ70 as the "MRJ76", in reference to the seating configuration on the aircraft.

 

The manufacturer will have more to share in June at the 2019 Paris air show. Its MRJ90 aircraft are being test flown with representatives from safety regulators including the US Federal Aviation Administration and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.

 

These flights are keeping the company’s fleet busy. Mitsubishi Aircraft will be present at the 2019 Paris air show but isn’t scheduled to fly an aircraft and is not yet sure if one will be available for the static display.

 

The regional jets are the first passenger airliners built in Japan since the YS-11 turboprops first produced in 1962 by the now-defunct Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. FlightGlobal has more coverage on the certification of the MRJ90 in the 2019 Paris air show edition of Flight International magazine.

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Ao mesmo tempo em que a EMBRAER vai saindo de cena

 

 

First Japan-Built Airliner in 50 Years Takes on Boeing and Airbus

By Bruce Einhorn , Kyunghee Park , and Masatsugu Horie

17 de abril de 2019 18:00

 

Mitsubishi Heavy’s regional aircraft is finally taking flight

Embraer allies with Boeing as Bombardier teams up with Airbus

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Mitsubishi is making Japan’s 1st plane in 50 years.

 

A new, long-delayed 88-passenger jet from Japan may finally be the right plane at the right time.

 

More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington, to satisfy that demand.

 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s new airliner is testing the skies just as rivals are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats. Boeing Co. is set to buy 80 percent of the Embraer SA’s commercial operations in a joint venture, while Bombardier Inc. last year sold control of its C Series airliner project to Airbus SE and is exploring “strategic options” for its regional-jet operations. At stake, particularly in the market for jets with fewer seats, is $135 billion in sales in the two decades through 2037, according to industry group Japan Aircraft Development Corp.

 

“Bombardier’s moves do indeed create opportunities for the MRJ,’’ said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst at Teal Group. “It’s the biggest single factor in the MRJ’s favor.’’

 

With few seats and smaller fuselages, regional jets are a different class of aircraft from larger narrow-body planes such as Boeing’s 737 or Airbus’s A320. The MRJ has a range of about 2,000 miles, while a smaller variant can haul up to 76 people for about the same distance.

 

A longtime supplier of aircraft components to Boeing, Mitsubishi Heavy is developing the MRJ to emerge from its customer’s shadow. After spending at least $2 billion over more than a decade, the manufacturer is looking to get its jet certified and start deliveries to launch partner ANA Holdings Inc.

 

Mitsubishi initially planned test flights in 2012 but blew past that deadline because of production difficulties. Now the company, which makes ships, nuclear power plants and aerospace components, expects to have the plane ready for customers next year, a timetable that will test the company, said Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. President Hisakazu Mizutani.

 

“This coming year is extremely important for us,” Mizutani said at a media event on April 16 in the central Japanese city of Nagoya.

 

What Bloomberg Intelligence Says

 

“Mitsubishi is struggling to expand orders for its MRJ90 as delays and excess weight deter regional U.S. airlines.”

 

— George Ferguson, aerospace analyst

 

A lot now hinges on Mitsubishi’s ability to get the jets ready on schedule, said Sho Fukuhara, an analyst at Jefferies Japan Ltd. who said the company’s current 407 MRJ orders aren’t enough to make the program profitable.

 

“Longer term, there should be an opportunity but right now they have to deliver the very first plane,” Fukuhara said. “Potential buyers are looking at how they proceed with their schedule.”

 

The company announced in October it was pumping an extra 170 billion yen in capital to its aircraft unit’s existing capital of 100 billion yen; Mitsubishi also canceled 50 billion yen of the debt owed by the aircraft division.

 

 

Also adding to Mitsubishi Heavy’s challenges is a lawsuit filed by Bombardier in Seattle last October, accusing the Japanese company of acquiring secret information and causing Bombardier “to suffer irreparable financial loss.” Mitsubishi counter-sued, denying the Montreal-based company’s accusations and saying that it violated antitrust laws through “a multifaceted scheme to expand its power within the regional jet market by impeding the entrance of a new competing aircraft.”

 

Bombardier denies the allegations and will vigorously defend itself, spokesman Simon Letendre said in an emailed statement.

 

“Our views are completely different, and so we’re looking to get a clear determination in a public forum,” Mizutani said.

 

Mitsubishi Heavy isn’t the only Asian manufacturer betting that it can build aircraft cheaper and more efficiently. Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., also known as Comac, has a new regional jet in service, while Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. is studying whether to develop a 100-passenger aircraft.

 

“The aviation market in Asia is expected to grow further in the coming years and there will be demand for these aircraft,” said Lee Dong-heon, an analyst at Daishin Securities Co. in Seoul. “The shift in the regional aviation segment we have seen over the last year or so has opened opportunities.”

 

In order to compete, Mitsubishi can’t just rely on its home market. The biggest customers therefore could be in the U.S., where large airlines try to cut costs by outsourcing short flights to smaller carriers that fly regional jets. Trans States Airlines Inc., which operates flights for United Airlines under the name United Express, ordered 50 of the planes, with options for 50 more, in 2010. Trans World didn’t respond to requests for comment.

 

The weight and capacity of the MRJ now in testing are too large for many regional carriers, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst George Ferguson, although the company plans to introduce the smaller version in 2021.

 

As part of its preparations to ramp up deliveries and support operations, Mitsubishi’s aircraft unit separated its sales and marketing divisions this month, created a customer support unit and moved its U.S. headquarters to Renton, Washington, the Seattle suburb where Boeing assembles its 737 jets.

 

“The need for regional jets isn’t going down,” Mizutani said “The MRJ is fully capable of competing in the market.”

 

— With assistance by Fabiola Moura

 

www.bloomberg.com

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Mitsubishi Aircraft promises 'several announcements' at Paris

 

29 MAY, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD

Mitsubishi Aircraft has confirmed it is planning to make "several announcements" at the Paris air show next month.

 

However, the Japanese airframer says a media report of plans for an MRJ rebrand "do not accurately reflect our strategy, which will become clear as we make our official statements at the air show."

 

Nikkei Asian Review had on 29 May reported that Mitsubishi was reworking the regional-jet programme to create a smaller 70-seat aircraft, dubbed the Space Jet, which would be announced in June.

 

"Our focus has not changed," says Mitsubishi Aircraft. "The MRJ90 is the foundation of our company, and it remains our number-one priority. We are making steady progress towards type certification and we remain on track for first delivery in mid-2020."

 

Nikkei Asian Review also suggested that Mitsubishi Aircraft could switch to American suppliers for some MRJ parts, in a bid to cut costs, and was considering moving production to the USA.

 

FlightGlobal previously reported that the 76-seat MRJ70 would be undergoing a redesign, then known as "The Concept". Alex Bellamy, chief development officer for the MRJ programme, said on 10 May that "The Concept" would be "scope-compliant but not scope-limited", referencing US scope clauses that limit the number of seats on regional routes to 76.

 

Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that 213 firm orders have been placed for the MRJ90 variant.

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Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme

 

05 JUNE, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: MAX KINGSLEY-JONES SEOUL

 

Mitsubishi is expected to announce the acquisition of the CRJ programme from Bombardier at this month's Paris air show in a move which will bolster its global footprint.

 

The Japanese company confirms it is in negotiations for the 50-100 seat regional jet programme, but says that no decision has been made and declines to comment on the content of discussions.

 

FlightGlobal understands that Mitsubishi is finalising negotiations with a likely announcement to be made at the Paris air show. The move will signal the end of Bombardier’s participation in commercial aircraft manufacturing. It will leave the Canadian manufacturer free to focus on its business-aircraft activities.

 

Mitsubishi produces the MRJ regional jet, a rival to the CRJ. Bombardier and Mitsubishi are currently in a dispute with the Canadian company alleging theft of trade secrets related to CSeries certification and Global 7000 systems.

 

The Japenese company currently has a long-standing contract with Boeing for the US manufacturer to provide customer support for the MRJ regional jet. A 10-year partnership for round-the-clock customer support was agreed back in 2011. However, with Boeing having now forged a tie-up with Mitsubishi rival Embraer in the commercial aircraft sector, observers say that the Bombardier CRJ deal could help the Japanese company establish an independent footprint for support.

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Mitsubishi rebrands MRJ as SpaceJet and plans new 76-seat variant

 

13 JUNE, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: JON HEMMERDINGER BOSTON

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft has overhauled the MRJ programme, rebranding under the name SpaceJet, cancelling MRJ70 development and starting work on a new 76-seat variant called the SpaceJet M100.

 

The Japanese company will display a mock-up of the M100's cabin at the Paris air show and intends "later this year" to formally launch development of the new regional jet, which it has tailored to the requirements of US regional airlines, it says.

 

As part of ditching the MRJ moniker altogether, Mitsubishi Aircraft has renamed the MRJ90 the SpaceJet M90.

 

 

"As we prepare for entry-into-service for the SpaceJet M90, we are also announcing the SpaceJet M100 – the result of our research and development during the past few years and the answer to the regional market's current and future needs," states Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani.

 

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft has rebranded the MRJ as the SpaceJet and is targeting US carriers with a 76-seat variant, the M100

 

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The M100 reflects Mitsubishi Aircraft's intention to offer an aircraft that fits snugly within the requirements of US regional airlines, the world's top regional jet buyers.

 

Carrying 76 seats – spread across first, premium economy and economy-classes – and with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 39,000kg (86,000lb), the M100 will fit within the operational constraints of most US regional carriers. So-called scope clauses between major airlines and their pilot unions largely restrict those feeder carriers from operating aircraft with more than 76 seats or an MTOW exceeding 39,000kg.

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft has, until now, lacked an aircraft to properly address those constraints.

 

Its M90, which is set to enter service in 2020, exceeds the MTOW cap. The now-axed MRJ70 would have met the weight restriction but carried only 69 seats in two classes, eroding its competitiveness against 76-seaters, notably the Embraer 175.

 

Should Mitsubishi Aircraft move forward with development and certification, the M100 could become the only new-generation, clean-sheet regional 76-seat jet that matches US regional airlines' requirements.

 

"Having evolved from a concept study for the now retired MRJ70 designation, the SpaceJet M100 is designed to adapt to specific market needs," says Mitsubishi Aircraft. "In the US market, the aircraft is optimised to be scope-clause-compliant in the 65-76-seat, three-class cabin configuration. It can also be flexibly configured for other global market needs up to 88 seats [in a] single class."

 

Hints of major MRJ news had swirled for weeks; some analysts insisted that Mitsubishi Aircraft needed a 76-seater to make the programme successful.

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft was not immediately available to provide specific details about how the M100's design differs from that of the M90 or the MRJ70.

 

In creating the M100, Mitsubishi Aircraft believes it has "optimised" the aircraft's length, cargo space and the arrangement of its overhead bins and seating.

 

The M100 will be 34.5m (113ft) long – about 1.3m shorter than the M90 and 1.1m longer than the MRJ70, according to Mitsubishi Aircraft's specifications.

 

It will have 1,910nm (3,540km) range – slightly less than the 2,040nm range of the longest-legged variant of the M90 – and be powered by twin Pratt & Whitney PW1200G turbofans. Those engines will each produce 17,600lb-thrust (78.3kN) – the same as the M90's powerplants, the specifications show. The MRJ70 was to be powered by a 15,600lb-thrust PW1200G variant.

 

Cargo space will be diminished – 13.6cb m (480cb ft) in the M100, compared with 18.2cb m in both the MRJ70 and M90.

 

But the aircraft will have enough overhead bin space for each customer to stow a roller-bag.

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft's disclosure of its M100 plan comes days before the Paris air show and one week after parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced it has been negotiating to purchase the Bombardier CRJ programme, or assets thereof.

 

Analysts say that owning the CRJ's global sales and services footprint could help Mitsubishi win airlines' confidence for its own aircraft.

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ANALYSIS: Charting the MRJ’s highs and lows

 

13 JUNE, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD BY: ALFRED CHUA SINGAPORE

 

Mitsubishi’s impending announcement at next week's Paris air show, that it will acquire the CRJ programme from Bombardier, could provide a shot in the arm for its own regional jet programme, the MRJ.

 

It also marks the programme coming full circle from the 2007 Paris air show, when Mitsubishi first unveiled a mock-up of the MRJ.

 

Here, FlightGlobal looks at the ups and downs of the MRJ, Japan’s second airliner to be designed and produced in the country since the NAMC YS-11 of the 1960s.

 

2007: THE BIG REVEAL

 

A single-aisle, four-abreast 70-90 seater regional jet, with up to 20% improvement in fuel efficiency – that was the pitch Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) put forth at the Paris air show in 2007, where it unveiled the first mock-up of the MRJ.

 

Dubbed the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, MHI aimed to use the aircraft to challenge the duopoly held by Bombardier and Embraer.

 

The aircraft would be made primarily of composite materials, MHI said, and it was set to enter service by 2012.

 

MHI also revealed that it was looking to get Boeing as a partner.

 

2008: INDICATIONS OF INTEREST

 

The year started off positively for Mitsubishi, when All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that it was formally considering the 90-seater variant of the MRJ, along with Bombardier’s CRJ900 and the Embraer 190.

 

In March that year, ANA announced plans for a firm order of 15 MRJ90s, with options for 10 more, effectively becoming the type’s launch customer. The airline said the MRJ will “fill a void” in its fleet, between its Bombardier Dash 8s and Boeing 737s.

 

In June, FlightGlobal reported that MHI was close to securing a second customer for the MRJ, which would be revealed at that year’s Farnborough air show.

 

2009: CHANGES, DELAYS, THEN A BOOST

 

The purported second customer never materialised by 2009. Still, MHI remained optimistic about the programme.

 

At the Asian Aerospace show in Hong Kong in September, Mitsubishi Aircraft unveiled a raft of changes to the programme. These included using aluminum instead of composites in the wings.

 

These changes meant that the aircraft’s final design would be delayed to mid-2010, instead of later that year, pushing back the ANA’ delivery to the first quarter of 2014.

 

Then, in October, the aircraft programme received a much-needed fillip, when US regional regional airline group Trans States Holdings inked a deal for 100 aircraft in the MRJ family. Under the agreement, Trans States has firm orders for 50 aircraft and options for 50 more. Trans State would in 2011 firm up its orders.

 

2010: PRODUCTION BEGINS

 

In October, Mitsubishi finally kicked off production for the MRJ, with the first metal cut for the aircraft’s horizontal stabiliser. Assembly work for the aircraft would commence a year later.

 

The same year, ANA officially committed to the programme, purchasing 15 MRJs for delivery from fiscal years 2013 to 2017.

 

2012-2013: DELAYS, AND THEN SOME

 

The first sign of MRJ’s woes emerged at the Singapore air show in February 2012, when Mitsubishi, citing undefined “challenges”, said it was likely the first flight of the MRJ would be delayed.

 

In April that year, Mitsubishi said the first flight would be pushed back for more than a year, to late 2013. This meant that the first delivery to ANA will also be delayed by over one year to the summer of 2015. The airframer said then that it needed to "confirm respective fabrication processes" and "provide sufficient time for technical studies”.

 

But a small spark of optimism came at Farnborough air show, when US regional airline owner SkyWest Airlines announced an in-principle order of 100 MRJs. It firmed up the deal in December, ordering 100 MRJ90s, with an option for another 100.

 

In August 2013, Mitsubishi announced yet another delay to the MRJ programme, this time pushing its first flight back by more than a year to the second quarter of 2015. This meant that the first delivery would take place in Q2 2017, nearly two years later than what was originally forecast.

 

2014-2016: INTO THE SKIES

 

In August 2014, Japan Airlines signed a letter of intent for the MRJ, making it the second Japanese carrier to commit to the programme. Less than half a year later, in January 2015, it firmed up an order for 32 of the jets.

 

Then another wave of delays hit the programme, this time in April 2015, when it announced that the MRJ’s first flight will be delayed to the third quarter of the year, but denied that it was because of troubles in the programme.

 

In the second half of 2015, the date for the first flight was gradually shifted back, first to the second half of October, then the last week of the month, then to early November.

 

Finally, on 11 November 2015, the MRJ finally took to the skies, lifting off from Nagoya Airfield for its maiden flight.

 

At the end of 2015, Mitsubishi announced that it would delay deliveries for about a year later than was previously indicated.

 

In Sept 2016, the MRJ took off to the United States, as it moved towards getting the MRJ type certified in the US

 

2017: MORE DELAYS, MORE DISAPPOINTMENT

 

The year 2017 began with Mitsubishi announcing another round of delays to the aircraft’s delivery dates, this time by another two years. This was the fifth time the delivery schedule had to be pushed back.

 

The changes this time round had to do with “revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification”, Mitsubishi said.

 

The latest round of delays sent a wave of disappointment among customers. ANA, for example, had to lease 737s to cope with the delays.

 

In June, a decade after its mock-up was unveiled, the MRJ landed at Le Bourget for its Paris air show debut. While the jet's elegant lines were a highlight of the show, no new orders were forthcoming.

 

2018-2019: BATTLE LINES DRAWN

 

In October 2018, months after the MRJ made its flying display debut at Farnborough air show, Mitsubishi was slapped by a lawsuit from arch-nemesis Bombardier.

 

The Canadian company alleged that Mitsubishi stole trade secrets in relation to aircraft certification.

 

In January 2019, Mitsubishi filed a counterclaim, alleging that Bombardier has engaged in a deliberate effort to derail the MRJ programme.

 

Then, in April 2019, a judge dismissed Bombardier’s claims, prompting the company to refile another lawsuit against Mitsubishi in May.

 

2019: THE FEUD TAKES A SURPRISING TURN

 

As June began, Mitsubishi dropped the bombshell, confirming rumours that it was in negotiation with Bombardier for the acquisition of its CRJ programme.

 

While it was tight-lipped on details, it is expected to announce the acquisition at the Paris air show in June.

 

Reports also emerged that the airframer was considering reworking the MRJ programme to create a smaller 70-seater dubbed the Space Jet. Mitsubishi said reports of a rebrand did not “accurately reflect our strategy”.

 

There were also other reports that the 76-seat MRJ70 would be undergoing a redesign, then known as The Concept.

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MRJ90 paving the way for new ‘Concept’

 

12 JUNE, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL BY: TOM RISEN WASHINGTON DC

 

Mitsubishi Aircraft may be too busy in its MRJ90 regional jet certification campaign to bring one to the Paris air show, but the airframer could be poised to unveil details about a redesign of its smaller MRJ70, nicknamed "The Concept".

 

Ahead of the biennial event at Le Bourget, Mitsubishi Aircraft chief development officer Alex Bellamy says: "I think it's going to be our best air show." He was speaking to reporters during the opening of Mitsubishi Aircraft's new US headquarters in Renton, Washington on 10 May. One of the major reasons for his optimism is that the 90-seat MRJ90 is progressing towards certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ahead of its planned entry into service in 2020.

 

Certification would be a major milestone for Mitsubishi as a new OEM. The MRJ90 will be the first commercial airliner built in Japan since the YS-11 turboprop, first produced in 1962 by the now-defunct Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

But the biggest item to watch out for will be what the airframer says about its plans for the 70-seat market. For several years, Mitsubishi had planned to develop a minimal-change shrink of the MRJ90 in the form of the 76-seat MRJ70. But Bellamy reveals that the company has dropped the MRJ70 name, instead referring to its smaller-capacity solution as "The Concept". Details, however, have been hard to come by.

 

"What we have been working on is I think fundamentally improved over what the MRJ70 was," he says. "We don't want to let the rabbit out of the hat."

 

At a broad level, Bellamy says the redesigned Concept is intended to comply with seating and maximum take-off weight limits faced by US airlines – the so-called scope clause in pilot contract that prevents carriers from substituting regional jet pilots for their higher-paid mainline pilots. It will be designed to be "scope compliant but not scope limited" and remains "a derivative of the MRJ90".

 

At a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 39,600kg (87,300lb), the MRJ90 is just above the 39,000kg scope limit for US regional carriers. Mitsubishi at one time might have expected that limit to be raised enough for the aircraft to qualify as a regional jet, but now sees no likelihood of that changing any time soon.

 

The MRJ90's breaching of the scope limit complicates things for US-based regional carriers SkyWest and Trans States Holdings, which hold around two-thirds of the 223 firm orders for the type. SkyWest has discussed limiting the MTOW of the jet, while Trans States gave the cold shoulder to suggestions it may switch its order to the MRJ70.

 

Bellamy suggests that since the MRJ70 was first conceived, the market has changed, and regional carriers now require a 76-seat aircraft that can offer a dual-class layout, along with extra-legroom seating in the economy cabin, while also delivering favourable economics.

 

That is the benchmark that has been set by the 76-seat Embraer E175, a top competitor for Mitsubishi in the US regional market. Although Bombardier's CRJ700 offers a similar capacity in single-class layout, its future remains under a cloud as the Canadian manufacturer could divest its CRJ programme, following its 2018 sale of majority ownership in the CSeries (now the Airbus A220).

 

Meeting that market need could be necessary for Mitsubishi to become a credible player in the regional aircraft sector, says Rob Morris, head of consultancy at Ascend by Cirium.

 

"Clearly Mitsubishi must create an MRJ variant which can offer up to 76 seats with 4,000km [2,160nm] range and maximum take-off weight lower than 86,000lb so that they can access US markets limited by scope clause," he says. "The MRJ90 doesn't fulfil this and while the current MRJ70 design does meet the maximum take-off weight limit it cannot offer 76 seats with acceptable range or in two-class."

 

To become scope compliant, Chris Seymour, head of market analysis at Ascend, suggests that Mitsubishi could perhaps make a "slight shrink of the current MRJ90 with maybe more use of weight-saving materials and some internal changes".

 

Bellamy says the regional market facing Mitsubishi is "underdeveloped" and "probably a once in a 50-year-lifetime opportunity" because of growing demand for regional aircraft. "There is a great opportunity for revolutionising both the passenger experience and the way airlines think about their regional operations,” he says, adding that the MRJ can reshape regional travel the way Boeing 787 aircraft have enabled airlines to open new routes.

 

"We've spent a long time talking with airlines" about the redesigned MRJ70, he says, optimistic that Mitsubishi can offer a next-generation product that complies with the scope clauses and economics of the US regional market.

 

Striking this balance for the revamped aircraft could also appeal to a global market because "outside of the US we have significantly more capability in markets that are not limited by scope clauses", he says.

 

 

MRJ90 PROGRESS

 

While The Concept remains under wraps for now, Mitsubishi is focusing on certificating and entering into service the long-delayed MRJ90 in 2020, which Bellamy says is "fundamental" for establishing its credibility as a manufacturer. That focus means that the manufacturer will not have one of the aircraft in the flying display at Le Bourget, as it did in 2017, and it is unsure if one can be spared for a short fly-in and display on the static line.

 

Mitsubishi has four flight-test MRJ90s based at its evaluation centre in Moses Lake, Washington, and a fifth aircraft in Japan that is used for ground tests. The manufacturer plans to add two more aircraft to the flight-test fleet later this year.

 

Testing for certification by the JCAB kicked off in December 2018, and since then the FAA has joined the programme. They are monitoring Mitsubishi's engineers and pilots to ensure safety tests and data collection are done correctly to assess airworthiness requirement compliance.

 

"We continue to work closely with the JCAB to also build a set of compliance requirements and processes that exceed the high global expectations for aircraft safety," says Andrew Telesca, Mitsubishi's head of certification management. "During all testing, we are collecting lessons learned and improving integration between our organisations in order to improve efficiency and support not only the certification schedule of the MRJ90, but to also ensure the success of future aircraft development in Japan."

 

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will participate in flights later in the programme, but representatives from the regulator have participated in other compliance and testing activities at locations including Eglin AFB in Florida, where the aircraft was subjected to extreme temperature trials.

 

While testing progresses, Mitsubishi is also focused on getting the MRJ90 ready for service in 2020 with launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA), which has 15 firm orders for the aircraft and options to purchase 10 more, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows.

 

The Tokyo Summer Olympics in July 2020 are forecast to be a major draw for air travel, but Bellamy says despite the pressure to deliver the aircraft by then, "we are working with ANA to make sure we are entering into service smoothly". To prepare, the first MRJ simulator built by CAE is expected to be installed at Mitsubishi's Haneda flight training centre in the coming months. It will be certificated to Level-C, allowing pilots to obtain their type ratings for the new jet.

 

The Pratt & Whitney 1200G geared turbofan engine is custom-built for Mitsubishi's regional jets and is the newest version of the engine; Mitsubishi is optimistic over a smooth rollout of the engine.

 

It may be several years late, but the progress of the MRJ and Mitubishi's rethink of the MRJ70 are set to make the Japanese airframer a company to watch at the 2019 Paris air show.

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Triumph to support design of Mitsubishi's SpaceJet

 

18 JUNE, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT DASHBOARD PARIS

Triumph Group has sealed an agreement under which its Aerospace Structures business unit will support the design and development of Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet M100.

 

The US group says it will leverage its structural engineering resources to provide airframe design and analysis support for the aircraft's development, with a particular focus on wing optimisation and access to advanced material technology.

 

As part of the contract, Triumph Aerospace Structures will design major structures of the aircraft, targeting optimisation of weight, cost, and producibility. The services will be provided at Triumph’s technology and engineering centre in Arlington, Texas.

 

Triumph's capabilities span multiple engineering disciplines, including trade studies, finite element modelling, structure sizing and detail components, and stress analysis.

 

"We are excited to work with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and support the development of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 aircraft. The workscope presents an exciting opportunity for our engineering team and manufacturing operations," says Pete Wick, executive vice-president for Triumph Aerospace Structures.

 

"Our talented and highly-experienced team is well qualified to perform design, development and qualification of large complex metallic and composite aircraft structures and will provide Mitsubishi with the highly-specialised services needed to help bring their aircraft to market," he adds.

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Mitsubishi prepara retomada nos testes do Spacejet, que não voa desde maio.

https://www.airway.com.br/mitsubishi-prepara-retomada-nos-testes-do-spacejet-que-nao-voa-desde-maio/

 

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