First Japan-Built Airliner in 50 Years Takes on Boeing and Airbus
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April 18, 2019 - by By Bruce Einhorn , Kyunghee Park , and Masatsugu Horie for bloomberg.com
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 is making Japan's 1st plane in 50 years.
"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 rangeof about 2,000 miles, while a smaller variant can haul up to 76 people for about the same distance...