It was designed to look pretty, and the consensus of those who saw the first MRJ in the flesh on Oct. 18 is that it does. Good looks are hardly the most important feature of a commercial aircraft, but it does not hurt to have them. After program delays amounting to three-and-a-half years, Mitsubishi Aircraft is sticking by the target stated in August 2013 to fly the aircraft in the second quarter of 2015. “The program schedule is on track toward the flight test,” states the ...

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