The MRJ is the regional jet of the future. And it always will be if Mitsubishi Aircraft continues racking up development delays. After a fifth slippage, Japan’s first effort to build a complete commercial jet is about 3.5 years away from programmed first delivery. That is just where it was in the second half of 2010. Launch customer All Nippon Airways has been told to expect its first MRJ in mid-2020, two years later than previously planned. The latest delay— like the second, ...

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