Le Bourget, France, June 15, 2017 –Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced today that the third Flight Test Aircraft (FTA-3) of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) landed at the Le Bourget Airport near Paris at 5:05 pm on June 15 local time (0:05 am on June 16 in JST). FTA-3 will be on static display at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, which begins on Monday, June 19.
Painted with launch customer All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) livery, FTA-3 took off from the Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Grant County International Airport in the State of Washington, U.S.A., at 8:38 am on June 13 local time (0:38 am on June 14 in JST), and arrived at the Le Bourget Airport at 5:05 pm on June 15 local time (0:05 am on June 16 in JST). This is the first trip to the European continent made by the MRJ. The aircraft conducted the ferry flight to Paris from Moses Lake via Winnipeg and Goose Bay, Canada and Keflavik, Iceland.
"It is an honor to showcase the MRJ at the Paris Air Show," said Shunichi Miyanaga, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. "I can't think of a finer stage on which to present this highly anticipated next-generation aircraft. The European debut of the aircraft is another sign of the progress of this program.”
The MRJ recently received the type certification for its PW1200G geared turbofan engine, capping several notable program testing milestones that have been accomplished in recent months, including static strength, company lightning, initial natural icing, cold and hot soak, high speed flutter and flight load survey tests. Details on all these tests and future updates on MRJ development can be found at http://progress.flythemrj.com/.
FTA-3 will be on static display at the Air Show until Wednesday, June 21.
You can access a movie of painting FTA-3 with ANA livery at http://progress.flythemrj.com/ana-livery.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70~90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits and an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort with large overhead bins. The MRJ completed its first flight on November 11, 2015. For more information about MRJ go to http://www.flythemrj.com/; to follow ongoing updates on MRJ development, go to http://progress.flythemrj.com/.