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Mitsubishi Aircraft again postpones 1st test flight of regional jet

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, said on Thursday it would delay the first test flight of its regional jet until the latter part of the year.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's first commercial aircraft in half a century, was set to start having test flights between April and June. The new delay is the fourth postponement of test flights.

Mitsubishi Aircraft already has 165 firm orders for the MRJ. The plane, which has 70-90 seats, has a sticker price of $42 million. It aims to compete with jets made by Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier. The first delivery of the jet, developed at a cost of $1.9 billion, will go to Japanese airline ANA sometime in 2017.

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Say it ain't so... a Japanese company postponing something. Might a Japanese company not be able to fulfill the ANA order in 2017?

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But then, you wouldn't want them to hurry this job, would you? Some things take as long as they must take, and I prefer them canceling contracts than rushing this job (does Boeing 787's never ending trouble stories, and the word "lemonliner" ring a bell?)

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Delays in huge projects like this are nothing new, and they shouldn't. And since it's 50 years since the last time they undertook a similar project, there's a lot of new stuff to handle, and more than the usual amount of unexpected issues.

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it would delay the first test flight of its regional jet until the latter part of the year.

perhaps on same day when they mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII (?)

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@ebisen Mitsubishi would kill for Boeing's success with the 787.

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The MRJ is made in cooperation with quite a few partners. http://www.mrj-japan.com/partners.html

I can imagine that coordination between Mitsubishi and its partners (5 American and 4 Japanese including Mitsubishi) might be quite a feat.

It appears that the engine is being used in the main competitor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_CSeries

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(does Boeing 787's never ending trouble stories, and the word "lemonliner" ring a bell?)

Let me guess, another American-hating Euro who for some reason gets wrapped up in the Boeing vs Airbus rivalry as if it were a sports competition

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(does Boeing 787's never ending trouble stories, and the word "lemonliner" ring a bell?)

"Never-ending"? The last thing I heard of was a fuel leak two Januarys-ago. How many flights have been successfully made by 787's since then? Maybe an Airbus fanboy might consider that "never-ending", but the rest of the world would say it ended over a year ago.

I wonder what the delay is? Prior to the first test flight, it could be almost anything.

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Still, it can't be denied that Boeing was selling the beta version first... It was a matter of luck that nobody got killed, and being forced to travel on this plane in 2014 was a very eerie feeling... I wouldn't want Mitsubishi to do the same... Euro, and Airbus vs Boeing have nothing to do with this, but it seems I managed to strike a chord with the "if it's not Boeing I'm not going" sheep.

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@ebisen It has been widely reported that it was a Japanese battery that caused the most significant issues with the 787.

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No, actually the battery SYSTEM was made by Thales, and certified by Boeing. Thrust me, even the best battery cells (supplied by GSYuasa, a company with millions of flight hours for Li-Ion cells in space - sattelites without a SINGLE incident) can be made to explode by inadequate battery systems... Therefore the responsibility is solely on the system provider. And the 787 had a lot more variety of problems besides the batteries...

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Looks as if the press had jumped the guns on this one since both MHI and Mitsubishi Aero Industry had stated that they had never announced any delay in test flights schedule.

http://flyteam.jp/news/article/48709

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Euro, and Airbus vs Boeing have nothing to do with this, but it seems I managed to strike a chord with the "if it's not Boeing I'm not going" sheep.

Ebisen - so sad that you tried to start a fight that one one cared enough to show up for. Adults don't care about which billion dollar company does better

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