First flight for MRJ engine


Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has completed the first flight test on Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower  PW1200G engine for the MRJ, just a week after it announced a delay to the programme

The PW1217G for the 90-seat MRJ90 flew on a specially designed stub wing aboard Pratt & Whitney’s Boeing 747SP flying test bed from Pratt &Whitney’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre in Canada.

“We are delighted that the first flight of the MRJ engine was successfully completed,” said Hideo Egawa, president, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “This is indeed a major milestone for the MRJ programme. With the PurePower engine at the heart of the MRJ, we will work closely with our wonderful partner Pratt & Whitney to integrate this innovative powerplant with the airframe.”

Mitsubishi announced last week that the first flight schedule has slipped from the second quarter of 2012 to October-December 2013, and first delivery from first quarter of 2014 to the summer of 2015.

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