Mitsubishi Aircraft on Thursday said it would delay the initial delivery and entry into service of its regional jet until 2017, in an effort to meet Japanese safety regulations.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) was originally on schedule to achieve its first flight in the fourth quarter of 2013, with the first delivery originally scheduled between 2015 and 2016. The first flight is now scheduled for 2015.
The design and respective certification have "taken greater resources than anticipated," which has impacted "component deliveries and aircraft fabrication," the company said in a statement Thursday.
"We were late in noticing (how long this will take), and that is largely because this is new for us," said Mitsubishi Aircraft CEO Teruaki Kawai during a news conference Thursday. "We're confident we can meet this schedule."
Mitsubishi currently has 165 firm orders for its $42 million regional jet, which was delayed for the third time on Thursday.
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