Mitsubishi Regional Jet delayed by another year
ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways, had been expecting the plane in the second quarter of 2017, but the schedule has been pushed back “approximately one year,” Mitsubishi Aircraft said. The company identified “several issues” that need addressing, the statement said, without specifying them.
“Whilst this latest delay is very disappointing, we remain confident of the benefits the MRJ will bring to the ANA fleet,” Japan’s largest airline said by email. “In the meantime, we have sufficient aircraft capacity to meet demand and implement our network plans until the extended delivery date.”
Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., started test flights last month as it pushes ahead with developing Japan’s first new passenger plane in more than 50 years and its first-ever passenger jet. The company competes with Brazil’s Embraer SA and Canada’s Bombardier Inc. in the market for planes with fewer than 100 seats.
The company will strengthen the plane’s frame and upgrade its software, Senior Executive Vice President Nobuo Kishi told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Nagoya, Japan. ■