Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ 2014.06.26 Komaki

Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) at Komaki plant, 2014.06.26

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ; 三菱リージョナルジェット), a fuel-efficient lightweight carbon-fiber composite passenger plane, will be rolled out on Saturday (2014.10.18), in Nagoya. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' MRJ 90 will seat 88 passengers, the MRJ 70 will seat 76, and the planned MRJ100X will seat 100. The first flight is planned for next year, with the first delivery set for 2017. The MRJ has received 191 orders, from All Nippon Airways, Trans State Holdings, SkyWest, Air Mandalay and Eastern Air Line; with 184 additional purchase options. Japan Airlines announced it will buy 32 of the jets, with deliveries set for 2021, although the deal has not been finalized. Mitsubishi has been a longtime partner of Boeing. The MRJ engine is supplied by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies. MRJ 90 cost: $42,000,000.



YS11 NAMC Japan Coast Guard

NAMC YS-11 (Japan Coast Guard)

The MRJ is Japan's first nationally funded, domestically manufactured passenger aircraft since Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation's YS-11. NAMC (日本航空機製造; Nihon Koukuuki Seizou) was a 1959 joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), Shin Meiwa, Showa Aircraft Industry Company and Japan Aircraft Industry Company. The YS-11 was low-winged twin-turboprop monoplane seating 60 passengers. Its engines were initially built by Rolls-Royce, with later models fitted with license-built General Electric engines. The YS-11 delivered similar operational performance to the four-engined Vickers Viscount, and had 50% more capacity than the similarly configured Fokker F27 Friendship. 182 YS-11's were produced. The YS-11 was rolled out in Nagoya in 1962. Production ceased in 1974, after Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism required all new commercial aircraft to be fitted with a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Aircraft without TCAS were forced to cease operations at the end of 2006.

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