The first MRJ aircraft(FTA-1: Flight Test Aircraft No.1, Provisional Registration JA21MJ, MSN(Manufacturing Serial Number): 10001) has successfully completed its first flying on November 11, 2015 at Nagoya Airfield.
Flight took 87 minutes (09:35 ~ 11:02) over Pacific Ocean and surrounding Nagoya.
Maximum Altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum Airspeed: 150 knots
Aircraft Configuration: Landing (gears, slats and flaps full down), throughout the flight
Chaser: Mitsubishi Aircraft, Hawker 400A (JA78MA), JASDF Air Development and Test Wing, T-4 Trainer (06-5651)
Camera: Diamond Air Service, MU-300(JA30DA)
Weather Observation: JAXA, Model 680 Citation Sovereign (JA68CE)
Helicopter shoot: Nakanihon Air Service
The Captain Mr. Yasumura, Chief test pilot said “Operational performance of the MRJ was better than expected. The characteristic was identical with a simulator. We had a significantly comfortable flight. Despite slightly turbulent wind condition, its approach and landing was very stable and maneuverable.” at the Press Conference.
The MRJ is a family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation regional jets under development by Mitsubishi Aircraft. The MRJ will offer substantially higher fuel efficiency combined with reductions in noise and emissions, and also provide spacious cabin comfort on a level unprecedented in regional jets to date.
Orders have already been received for 407 aircraft of the MRJ (223 firm).