TOKYO Oct 1 Japan's All Nippon Airways Co has
been told by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, a unit of Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries Ltd, that there is a risk of a
possible delay in the first delivery of its regional jet from
around the middle of 2018.
If the delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is
extended, this would mark a fifth delay and may raise concerns
about Mitsubishi's sales activities.
All Nippon, a unit of ANA Holdings Inc, received a
notice of a risk of delay in delivery due to technical reasons,
a company spokeswoman said on Saturday. All Nippon is set to be
the first company to receive the MRJ.
She added that Mitsubishi did not provide its projection on
how long the delivery may be pushed back.
A spokesman for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
said it has not decided to delay the delivery and did not
confirm whether it has sent such a notice.
Japan's Nikkei business daily reported earlier on Saturday
that the first delivery is likely to be delayed to 2019 or
afterwards, reflecting a revision in design.
The first test model of the 100-seat MRJ, which made its
maiden test flight last November, arrived in late September in
Moses Lake in the U.S. state of Washington for further test
The MRJ's development went into full gear in 2008 and was
originally scheduled for delivery in 2013. Mitsubishi Aircraft
last December announced the fourth delay in delivery by about a
year from April to June 2017.
Demand for regional jets with 100 seats or less are
projected to grow from now on and Mitsubishi Aircraft is aiming
to win 1,000 orders for the MRJ.
The MRJ represents Japan's long-held ambition to reestablish
a commercial aircraft industry that was dismantled by the United
States after Japan's defeat in World War Two.
The MRJ has secured 447 orders including ones that may be
(Reporting by Maki Shiraki, Writing by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing
by Christian Schmollinger)