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October 18, 2019 - by NAOKI WATANABE for nikkei.com
TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Aircraft is seeking a sixth postponement on delivering its rebranded SpaceJet regional passenger plane, Nikkei has learned, with a new target date to be set as soon as next month.
Setbacks in developing the body of the aircraft, formerly known as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, have slowed the process of obtaining type certification, a prerequisite for commercial flight.
Parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has sought a review from outside experts to help set a delivery date beyond the standing mid-2020 target for the 90-seat-class jet.
Mitsubishi Heavy launched the aircraft project in March 2008 with much fanfare, aiming to develop Japan's first homegrown commercial jetliner.
The country's once-vibrant aerospace industry was virtually shutdown by a ban on aircraft production by American occupiers in the aftermath in World War II.
The industry has slowly made a comeback through parts production, and the SpaceJet will mark a full-fledged re-entry into the aircraft business....
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