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Since there are no thread concerning this topic I might as well create one.

First is Mitsubishi Regional Jet or MRJ for short.
This plane scheduled for first test flight in 2011 and service entry in 2013.This plane seating 70-96 passengers to be manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, a partnership between majority owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor Corporation. The aircraft program was expected to be launched in early 2008. It would be the first airliner Japan has designed and produced domestically since the NAMC YS-11 of the 1960s.
Two type are planned, MRJ70 with capacity of 70-80 seats and MRJ 90 of 86-96 seats.
This plane will come into direct competition with Bombardier CRJ700/900/1000, Embraer E-Jets, Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Comac ARJ21.


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Next the Kawasaki YPX.

he YPX is to seat between 100-150 passengers, and would thus be competitive with the smaller Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family jets on short haul routes.[2] The engine choice has not been made. Entry into service is expected to be somewhere around 2015. Kawasaki hopes offer up to 15% cash operating savings over the Boeing 737-700.



Now this may seem something out of the blue but actually this is much more closer to reality than some other new passenger plane projects that had been announced since it's air frame and main flight control system is already under testing under the XP-1 project.
The XP-1 is a Japanese military aircraft currently under development powered by four small turbofan engines, the Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries F7-10 in development, mounted under the low-set wings.
Fly-by-light will be an important feature, decreasing electro-magnetic disturbances to the sensors compared to fly-by-wire. The P-1 will be the first production aircraft to be equipped with such a flight control system.
The XP-1's first flight took place in Gifu Air Base in Japan on 28 September 2007. The flight took about one hour, and ended successfully.

 

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Although these are not passenger planes, Japan is considering opening up it's non-trade policy of planes developed of Self Defense Force,

Gov't to promote private use of aircraft developed for SDF

TOKYO — The Defense Ministry will promote the private use of aircraft developed for the Self-Defense Forces while adhering to the ‘‘three principles’’ that make up a de facto ban on arms exports. The private use of such aircraft will enable developers to reduce their reliance on the ministry and tap into commercial markets, according to a report adopted by a study panel in the ministry.
If this is realized planes like the Kawasaki C-2 and P-1 will hit the global market rivaling planes like the Airbus A400M, Embraer KC-390 and/or Boeing P-8 Poseidon.
 

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Mitsubishi Aircraft starts building MRJ
Japan's first passenger jet taking shape
NAGOYA — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. started making components Thursday for the domestic aviation industry's first small passenger jet, dubbed the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, at a factory in Nagoya.

"I am deeply moved that the first step of fulfilling our hope was made," Mitsubishi Aircraft President Hideo Egawa said at a ceremony to mark the step. "I want the aircraft to fly carrying the dream as the first Japan-made passenger jet."

The move represents a challenge to Bombardier Inc. and Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA. Mitsubishi Aircraft said it has received 125 orders so far and plans for the plane to make its first scheduled flight in 2012.

The main components of the aircraft's wings and body will be made at the factory before being assembled at another factory in Aichi Prefecture.

Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to open more sales offices because it forecasts demand for 70- to 90-seat jets to rise over the next 20 years. The company aims to sell 1,000 aircraft over two decades.

The MRJ will be powered by engines from United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney, which will help make the plane 20 percent more fuel-efficient than current regional jets, according to Mitsubishi Aircraft.

The aircraft is designed to have a range of 3,410 km, allowing it to reach anywhere in the mainland U.S. from Chicago.

Customers include All Nippon Airways Co., which has ordered 25 planes. Mitsubishi Heavy, which counted on aerospace to bring in about 17 percent of its revenue in the 12 months ended March 31, also builds the carbon-fiber wings for Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner.
Another announcement made by BAE Systems plc;
(Sorry only in Japanese)

BAE systemes plc signs agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft to develop and provide flight testing engineering equipment and service
 

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Assembly of Japan' first passenger jet starts
NAGOYA — Assembly of Japan’s first small passenger jet plane started Tuesday at a factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in Aichi Prefecture. The development of the new aircraft, known as Mitsubishi Regional Jet, also involves Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, with a target date in 2012 for its first flight.

At the memorial ceremony to mark the start of the assembly, Hideo Egawa, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft, said, ‘‘I expect MRJ to become a symbol’’ of renascent Japan, which has been damaged by the mega earthquake and tsunami as well as nuclear disaster.
Stay tuned.

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Forgot this one.

Mitsubishi Aircraft sets up European sales office in Amsterdam

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp said Monday it has set up a wholly owned subsidiary in Amsterdam to handle European sales of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, its small passenger aircraft currently under development.

Capitalized at 500,000 euros, the subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Europe B.V., will begin operating on May 1 to accelerate MRJ sales activities in Europe, the second-largest market for regional jet aircraft following the United States, Mitsubishi Aircraft said.

Expecting demand for around 1,500 regional jets in Europe over the next 20 years, the Japanese aircraft maker is aiming to secure orders for 300 to 400 aircraft.

The Amsterdam office will also cover the Middle Eastern and African markets, it said.
 

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Mitsubishi Aircraft In Deal To Sell 5 Mitsubishi Regional Jets To Leasing Company

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said Thursday that it has struck a preliminary deal to sell five of its new MRJ regional jets to a Hong Kong-based leasing firm serving Indonesian airlines.

The Japanese joint venture said in a statement that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with ANI Group Holdings Ltd. that could lead to a firm order for five aircraft and the potential for adding 20 more.

ANI Group would be only the third customer for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, which is scheduled for first delivery in 2014 to an increasingly crowded market of fuel-efficient rivals from Russia and China vying with the established regional jet makers, Canada's Bombardier Inc. (BDRBF, BBD.B.T) and Embraer (ERJ) of Brazil.

Mitsubishi Aircraft is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.TO) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TM, 7203.TO) and has orders for 125 planes from Trans States Holdings, a U.S. regional airline operator, and All Nippon Airways.

The plane uses PW1000G engines made by the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX) that claim a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency over rival models. The engine is also being used in the new Bombardier CSeries and the revamped Airbus A320neo range.

The MRJ has been redesigned to boost its international appeal, leading to a six-month slip in its schedule. Mitsubishi started assembly in April, with first flight scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, with initial deliveries in 2014.

ANI Group said in the Mitsubishi Aircraft statement that it provides leasing and maintenance services to five Indonesian carriers. It didn't specify whether it planned to order the 70-seat or 90-seat version of the MRJ, or give any delivery date, though said a follow-on deal hinged on Mitsubishi launching a stretched aircraft carrying 100 passengers.
 

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Selects Boeing to Provide World-Class Customer Support and Services

LE BOURGET, France, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced a partnership today at the Paris Air Show for Boeing to provide customer support services for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) family of regional commercial jets.

"We are pleased to announce we have concluded an agreement with Boeing for MRJ customer support as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet sets the new standard for next- generation regional jets truly suited for the 21st century," said Hideo Egawa, president, Mitsubishi Aircraft. "With this agreement, Mitsubishi Aircraft will be able to deliver profit-enhancing support and a competitive boost to our customers. We are confident that this agreement will further strengthen the relationship between our two companies."

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will provide Mitsubishi Aircraft with 24/7 customer support including spare parts provisioning, service operations and field services. It will allow Mitsubishi to focus on launching its business as it works with Boeing to create a world-class services operation that Mitsubishi may bring in house in the future.

"We are honored to assist Mitsubishi Aircraft as they establish their own customer support and services," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our goal is to support Mitsubishi Aircraft in maximizing the lifetime value of their fleets and operations – we know from experience that this will give them a competitive edge in their market."

Boeing will also deploy the latest technology to tailor a service and maintenance web portal for Mitsubishi Aircraft. With a user-friendly interface, the portal will bring together the applications and data needed to detect and predict service, maintenance and repair needs.

The portal will be modeled on Boeing's customer web portal, MyBoeingFleet.com, and will support an Airplane Health Management System to monitor, collect and analyze real-time, "smart" airplane data, allowing MRJ operators to make maintenance decisions that minimize their aircraft's time on the ground.

Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Aircraft's parent company, have a longstanding relationship for commercial and defense production.
This will certainly boost sales for this aircraft.
 

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Is the plane now certified by the FAA?
 

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No, that's still far off. It hasn't even flown yet and the first flight has been delayed by a year to late 2013.

MRJ maiden flight pushed back over 12 months to late 2013

And then they have to start the 1st test flights just for Mitsubishi to see how it works before it can do any certification test flights. That also have to done with a plane that will go to one of the costumers. And delivery is now scheduled for 2017-2018, so don't expect full FAA certification until these years.
 

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No, that's still far off. It hasn't even flown yet and the first flight has been delayed by a year to late 2013.

MRJ maiden flight pushed back over 12 months to late 2013

And then they have to start the 1st test flights just for Mitsubishi to see how it works before it can do any certification test flights. That also have to done with a plane that will go to one of the costumers. And delivery is now scheduled for 2017-2018, so don't expect full FAA certification until these years.
That will probably coincide China's ARJ-21 of COMAC. They'll gonna be certified by FAA and CAAC next year...
 

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Eh, no.

The ARJ-21 that had it's first flight in November 2008 will be certified next year.
The MRJ will make it's 1st flight next year, that means that you can add +/- 4 years before it will be certified.
 

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I know that Kawasaki has its YPX project which is said to be a potential competitor to COMAC C-919, Airbus 320/320neo, and Boeing 737 MAX...
 

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The MRJ got a huge boost today.
SkyWest orders 100 Mitsubishi regional jets

U.S. regional carrier SkyWest Inc has reached an agreement to buy 100 Mitsubishi Regional Jets in a deal with a potential value of $4 billion at list prices, the companies announced on Wednesday at the Farnborough Airshow.

Brad Rich, president of SkyWest Inc, said a majority of the Mitsubishi jets would be used to replace aircraft. His company has about 725 planes.

"We're trying to be very proactive in two ways," Rich said. "We're trying to use our size and our volume to restructure and recreate an aircraft model that will deliver more of what our major partners are requiring today and trying to combine that with the new technology that is coming on to market."

Under terms of the deal, Mitsubishi Aircraft would start delivery of the jets in 2017 and complete them in 2020. The MRJ, a family of 70- to 90-seat jets, is the first new airliner produced in Japan in nearly 50 years.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/11/us-airshow-skywest-idUSBRE86A17L20120711
When this order is firmed the backlog of the MRJ grows from 70 orders to 170 orders.
 

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The MRJ got a huge boost today.

When this order is firmed the backlog of the MRJ grows from 70 orders to 170 orders.
The order had been signed and sealed.

Mitsubishi Aircraft signs 100-jet deal with SkyWest

TOKYO (AFP) —Mitsubishi Aircraft said Thursday it has signed a deal with U.S.-based carrier SkyWest for 100 jets worth $4.2 billion, with an option to buy another 100 planes, in a “major order” for the Japanese firm.

The Japanese company, founded in 2008, said it expected to deliver the first batch of planes from 2017 while the optional order could be delivered from 2021.

The optional order could double the deal’s value to over $8 billion based on its planes’ list price, Mitsubishi said, adding the pair’s agreement would “mutually position themselves for opportunities in the U.S. regional airline industry.”

SkyWest, one of the world’s biggest regional airline operators, is partnered with major US carriers including Delta and United and serves nearly 170 destinations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

It flew about 24.5 million passengers last year.

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Congratulations Mitsubishi! !:banana:
 

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Second Generation Super Sonic Passenger Jet

Japan's Aeronautics and Space exploration agency "JAXA" and Subaru made a joint announcement of their Proof of concept Super Sonic Passenger Plane design "S3CM" to the public.





There goal is to develop a second generation supersonic passenger plane succeeding the Concorde that will reduce the super sonic boom to lower than 0.5psf at speeds of Mach 1.6 with a range of over 3,500nautical miles for 36 to 50 passengers all in business class seating.



0.5 psf equates to 1/4 to that of the Concorde, which conform to International Civil Aviation Organization Chap.4 regulations.

To test their concept they plan on hauling it up to heights of 30Km and drop it at a 50 degrees angle in which it will reach Mach 1.3 during free fall and collect sound measurements at 1Km above ground.

Source in Japanese
 

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