Japan is returning to the world of commercial aviation, this time on the wings of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, expected to make its first flight in late October. It has been a long time coming. It is, in fact, Japan’s first venture into commercial aviation since production of the NAMC YS-11 twin turboprop ceased in 1974. The Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. MRJ was introduced at the Paris Air Show in 2007, with expectation of a first flight in 2012, but numerous delays subsequently slowed ...

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