Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is now in the production phase of the MRJ regional jet program, with managers intending to apply continuous and rapid process improvement under the Japanese kaizan philosophy. They aim to begin assembling the first aircraft next year for an initial flight in 2012 and deliver it in early 2014, with no hint of a serious slip in the schedule so far. The program will account for almost a third of activity at the company’s Nagoya aerospace works, more than ...


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