First MRJ Flight Test Aircraft Final Assembly Commences
Mid Fuselage Arrives at MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works Komaki South Plant
Nagoya, Oct 15, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Final assembly of the first MRJ flight
test aircraft under development by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) got underway today at the Komaki South
Plant of MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works located in Aichi Prefecture.
The start of final assembly follows the October 13 transfer of the
aircraft's mid fuselage fabricated at the Tobishima Plant also in Aichi
Prefecture. Assembly of the aircraft will progressively advance as other
sections of the fuselage, main wings and other structural components arrive,
after which electrical wiring, hydraulic and other systems will be installed,
followed by other necessary equipment.
In step with final assembly, plans call for the vertical tail and horizontal
stabilizer - built at MHI's Oye Plant in Nagoya - as well as the
aircraft's remarkably fuel-efficient cutting-edge engine - supplied by
Pratt & Whitney - to be integrated to the airframe.
The MRJ, Japan's first-ever commercial passenger jet, is on the road to
becoming a reality. Looking ahead, Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI will continue
working closely with MRJ program partners, moving steadily towards successfully
completing this next-generation regional jet that will offer outstanding fuel
efficiency, environmental friendliness, and cabin comfort.
About the MRJ
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation
aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney's revolutionary PurePower(R) engine
and state-of-the-art aerodynamics enabling drastic reductions in fuel
consumption, noise and emissions while offering top-class operational benefits
and an outstanding cabin with large overhead bins and other features designed
for heightened passenger comfort.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion for the year ended March 31, 2012. MHI's diverse
lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants,
chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and
general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For
more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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