MIAMI — A defective rudder pedal of the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is going to delay the first flight of the aircraft, which was planned for the week of October 26, according to a mailed statement from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
Next week, a pre-flight review board from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will assess the program in order to clear the aircraft to take its first flight. Following the approval, the Japanese airframer will continue with high-speed taxi tests and additional evaluations ahead of the maiden flight.
Last month, Mitsubishi announced that the MRJ would fly for the first time between October 26 and 30. Until this announcement, the manufacturer assured that the flight window would remain unchanged.
To this date, the MRJ has secured 223 firm orders and 184 purchase options from half a dozen operators, including All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Missouri-based Trans State Holdings, a company that operates three regional carriers in the United States –Compass Airlines, GoJet Airlines and Trans States Airlines.