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MRJ first delivery expected to be delayed again

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is expected to announce a further delay to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program on Jan. 23. Japanese newspaper The Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi Aircraft parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has confirmed the delay of first delivery of the MRJ90 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) to mid-2020. Mitsubishi Aircraft, which has called a press conference for Jan....

Japan’s drone sector flying high

From high-street playthings to sophisticated commercial and military aircraft, drones are seen as being at the sharp end of technology. Yet, paradoxically, traditionally low-tech countries such as India and Pakistan are now churning out their own models. The commercial drone business is driven by advances in key components such as sensors, lenses and radio control devices – and manufactur...

HondaJet to debut in Middle East

The world’s most advanced light jet will be showcased at MEBAA 2016 Honda Aircraft Company announced that it will showcase the HondaJet at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference Dec. 6-8 in Dubai, the region’s premier business aviation event. The appearance at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport will mark the first tim...

Honda plans to produce 80 business jets annually by March 2019

Honda Motor Co expects to ramp up production of business jets as part of its plan to expand in the growing industry, the head of the Japanese automaker's aircraft operations said in the United States. The firm hoped to produce 80 business jets annually by March 2019, from up to 36 currently, Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino told reporters at its plant in Greensboro, North Carolin...

Japanese and British fighter planes meet for first time since World War Two

British fighter planes will take on Japanese aircraft for the first time since World War Two in aerial combat drills following the arrival in Japan on Saturday of four Royal Air Force Typhoon Eurofighters. The joint practice at Japan's northern Misawa Air Base starts on Sunday and will be the first time Japan’s air force train at home with a foreign force other than that of the United...

Bell Helicopter announces Japanese launch customer for Customer Advantage Plans

Bell Helicopter has announced the first customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Japan. SECO International signed a letter of intent for CAP coverage of its two future Bell 505s, while at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for daily o...

Yuhi Airlines in Japan signs for Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Helicopter announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Yuhi Airlines Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft will be used for corporate travel and tourism across the region. The agreement was signed at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016 by Mr. Shichiro Toma, president and CEO of Yuhi Airlines, and Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of...

New $40bn stealth fighter jet built in Japan on the cards

Japan’s aerospace and arms industry will use this week’s airshow in Tokyo to push the case to develop a highly advanced, and costly, stealth fighter jet. The new fighter, dubbed the F-3 could cost as much as $40 billion to bring to deployment level, depending on its specifications. Tokyo faces a crunch choice between ordering an industry-pleasing advanced stealth fighter or opting for a chea...

MRJ's First Test Aircraft Completes Ferry Flight to the U.S.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed the ferry flight to the United States for the First Test Aircraft (FTA-1) of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), the next-generation regional jet. Mitsubishi Aircraft is committed to carrying out frequent, multiple flight tests in the U. S. to accelerate the development of the MRJ toward t...

Jet maker hopes it’s third time lucky for new Japanese plane

Mitsubishi Aircraft, the builder of Japan’s first home-made passenger jet in decades, said a test aircraft took off on its third attempt to fly to the United States on Monday after aborting flights last month due to problems with air-conditioning sensors. The Mitsubishi Regionla Jet, or MRJ, left Nagoya airport at 1:28pm local time today, said Kenichi Takemori, a Nagoya-based spokesman fo...

Dreamliner’s biggest operator to modify 100 Rolls-Royce engines after shutdowns

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will modify all 100 Rolls-Royce engines on its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners following three engine failures this year caused by corrosion and cracking of turbine blades. ANA, the world’s largest 787 operator, said all 100 engines on its 50 787s will be fitted with new blades, a process that could take up to three years, reiterating a plan announced o...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Aborts Flight to U.S. an Hour Into Test

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. aborted the maiden test flight to the U.S. of its regional jet aircraft due to problems with an on-board system about an hour into the trip. The aircraft, Japan’s first passenger plane developed at home in more than a half century, took off from an airport in Nagoya, Japan, en route to Moses Lake in Washington around 11:47 am Saturday but was forced to tur...