Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on Thursday began cutting aluminum material for the horizontal stabilizer frame on Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.'s MRJ, marking the commencement of manufacturing on the regional jet slated to achieve first flight in 2012 (ATW Daily News, Sept. 28). "Following MHI's lead, project partners will now launch manufacturing of the various components they are responsible for, based on the production drawings," the companies said in a joint statement. ...

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