MRJ completes first flight

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. said they have conducted the first flight of the first flight-test airplane for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet.

The first flight was viewed around the world on the MRJ website, www.flythemrj.com.

The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport and confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in ascent, descent and turning in airspace off the Pacific coast during its 1.5-hour first flight.

Going forward, Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI continue to devote their collective resources towards the successful completion of the MRJ project.