In Transit: Mitsubishi Regional Jet

By Freddie Pierce
As the first regional aircraft utilizing Pratt & Whitneys PurePower 1000G engine technology, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) helps move the human...

As the first regional aircraft utilizing Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower 1000G engine technology, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) helps move the human supply chain in luxurious fashion.

The jet has its first maiden flight scheduled for 2012, and seats about 80 passengers, depending on the model. MRJ offers next-generation engineering technology within its aerodynamic design, and will use 20 percent less fuel than other regional jets currently in operation.

Savings from the MRJ go far beyond fuel, however. The jet’s high-tech design also lends itself well to maintenance, which will be performed at longer intervals thanks to highly reliable and proven equipment.


The new engines that Mitsubishi aren’t all about power, however, as the propulsion mechanisms will also meet eco-friendly measures.

The newest regional jet is economically friendly, and meets the latest noise regulation and emissions requirements.

“The environmental benefits are achieved through a newly developed fuel-efficient next-generation engine,” the company said. “It’s a combination of cutting-edge technology and advanced aerodynamic design.”

Mitsubishi also spared no expense when designing the interior of the aircraft. The MRJ offers top-class cabin comfort, which includes a new slim seat adapting net fabric which produces wider leg room and better weight support for passengers.

“The MRJ will offer a quiet cabin as worthy of the next-generation regional jet,” the company said.

While Mitsubishi certainly took a technological approach to developing the MRJ, the company says its idea was hatched to invigorate a stricken economy.

“The project aims to contribute to the development of Japan’s aerospace field and to stimulate the Japanese economy as a result of ripple effects created by investment and spending in aircraft technology,” the company said.

Japan could use a lift, given the fallout from the March earthquake and subsequent tsunami that battered the nation’s infrastructure. By combining a game-changing engine, state-of-the-art aerodynamic design and eco-friendly initiatives, MRJ has what it takes to accomplish its goals.

“With these achievements, MRJ will be the game-changing regional jet that will truly contribute to improve competitiveness and profitability for every airline,” the company said.

Tokyo-based All Nippon Airways is MRJ’s first scheduled customer, with an order for 15 of Mitsubishi’s highly anticipated regional jet.


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