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Mitsubishi Aircraft officials
say they are still considering
a 100-seat stretch of the
Jet (MRJ), but the
manufacturer is unlikely to
start development work until the two smaller variants
of the aircra have own.
e company plans to begin ight-testing the 90-
seat MRJ 90 in the middle of next year, with the 70-
seat MRJ 70 following roughly a year later.
According to Hitoshi Iwata, Mitsubishi s vice-
president for sales and marketing , the company is
"still studying the MRJ 100X", but the 70- and 90-
seat versions are a higher priority as "that is what the
market wants". Even so, Iwasa says the company has
been talking to airlines in Asia, Europe and Latin
America about the 100-seater and a decision will
depend "on the customers needs".
To date, the manufacturer has won orders for 15
MRJ 90s from launch customer All Nippon Air ways
(ANA) and a further 50 -- a mix of both 70- and 90-
seat variants -- from US carrier Trans States Airlines
The MRJ is designed to offer "significant"
advantages in fuel-consumption, noise and emissions
over current rival aircra . Mistubishi says the MRJ 90
will have a 40 percent smaller noise footprint that the
Embraer 190 airliner, with substantially lower nitrous
oxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions
compared with both the Embraer model and the
e aircra will be powered by Pratt & Whitney s
new PurePower PW1000G geared turbofan engine.
e 90-seat variant will o er a range of 1,400 nautical
miles (2,590km), a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.82
and a maximum take-o weight of 41,450kg.
e four-abreast cabin will feature seats as wide as
a Boeing 787 in an eight-abreast con guration and
wider than either of its direct rivals, with a 2.03m-high
stand-up aisle and large overhead baggage bins. n
NEWS IN BRIEF
AIRBUS announced on 7 March that it has
appointed Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering
(TAECO) as its first approved cabin-outfitter in
the Asia-Pacific region, thereby expanding the
number of its completion centres available to
corporate jet customers. TAECO is a Xiamen,
China-based subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft
Engineering (HAECO), specialising in heavy
and line maintenance, freighter conversion,
component overhaul, engineering design,
parts manufacturing and training. Outfitting
the cabins of business jets, such as the Airbus
Corporate Jet (ACJ) and A320 Prestige is a
new field of activity for TAECO, which has
already built a cabin mock-up to showcase
its capability in the field. "Expanding into
cabin completions for Airbus corporate jets
is an important and exciting new business
opportunity for us, and we look forward to
receiving the first Airbus corporate jet to be
fitted out at our completion centre," says
TAECO Chief Executive Officer Patrick Healy.
TAECO's approval follows a complete audit
of the company and its capabilities, allowing
Airbus to recommend the company to its
customers with confidence.
Dassault Falcon announced on
8 March that it has signed an
agreement adding the Shanghai
Hawker Pacific Business
Aviation Ser vice Centre to
the Falcon Authorised Ser vice
Centre (ASC) Network.
e new ser vice centre, at Shanghai s Hongqiao
International Airport, is to become fully operational
within six months, Dassault says. e company adds
that a Falcon 'GoTeam is already on site and ready
to provide support for Falcon business jet operators
in the region.
e new Shanghai ser vice centre is expected to
obtain Part 145 Repair Station Certi cation from
both US and Chinese authorities by April this year,
the manufacturer says. It will be capable of ser vicing
Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X jets and will be designated
as a Line Service Centre. e capabilities will be
expanded to make the facility a Major Ser vice Centre,
o ering C-checks for Falcon jets as the eet matures.
"Our partnership with Shanghai Hawker Paci c is
part of our continual e ort to increase our footprint
of ser vice in this region," says Jacques Chauvet,
Dassault Falcon s senior vice-president of worldwide
Another Chinese ASC, in Beijing, is expected to
be announced by the end of the year, to accommodate
a growing regionally based Falcon eet, as well as
increased transient tra c, Dassault says.
Over US$2 million worth of spares, tolling and
equipment will be placed at the Shanghai facility by
the end of this year, the aircra manufacturer says.
On opening, the centre will be sta ed by eight people
dedicated to ser ving Falcon operators. n
Mitsubishi still eyeing 100-seat MRJ stretch
The 90-seat MRJ 90 is scheduled to fly for the first time in mid-2012.
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