Japan has stepped into commercial aircraft business. It’s first domestic passenger jet had a successful maiden test flight this Wednesday. It marks a decade of development for a programme which aimed at competing with Brazilian and Canadian market players in the global market for smaller aircraft.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) lifted off from the runway at Nagoya airport. The plane is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The aircraft is approximately 35-metre long two-engine aircraft. It went up smooth into the air into clear skies in central Japan.
The plane marks a new chapter in the aviation sector of Japan. The country made its last commercial airliner in 1962. It was called the YS-11 turboprop and was discontinued after almost a decade.
The MRJ will have seating arrangement of 80 passengers. It will compete with companies like: Embraer and Bombardier. The manufacturer boasts that the MRJ will be a fuel-efficient next-generation aircraft. It will offer more passenger comfort at lower operating costs.
The aircraft features Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1200G turbofan engines that, combined with aerodynamic advances, result in a claimed 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption compared to current regional jets, as well as reduced noise and emissions. The cockpit will host a full fly-by-wire flight deck.
Japan was banned from developing aircraft by US occupiers post its defeat in World War II.