Mitsubishi Aircraft will use “paperwork changes” to overcome union contract restrictions that forbid most U.S. mainline carriers from outsourcing flying on aircraft that exceed a certified maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 86,000 lb.—a cutoff that Mitsubishi will not meet under current plans for its MRJ90 and MRJ70LR jets. Mitsubishi initially will certify the aircraft to their maximum MTOW, which exceed those restrictions, says Yugo Fukuhara, the manufacturer’s marketing director. But it ...


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