The Aero Industrial Development Corporation(AIDC) held the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) Program first article delivery ceremony on Feb. 27 at CCK Air Base. The ceremony was host by the AIDC Chairman Liu, Jieh-Tsern. The distinguished attendees included 15 guests from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Taipei Branch and Mitsubishi Corporation. The Mitsubishi delegation was lead by President Teruaki Kawai of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
The components displayed at the ceremony were the Belly Fairing, Flap Track Fairing; and SLAT which were all indigenously designed and manufactured by AIDC. The size of Belly Fairing measures 13 meters in length and 3 meters in width which was the principal component of the ceremony.
The other MRJ components that were also designed and manufactured indigenously by AIDC included the; Flap, Elevator, Rudder, Aileron, Spoiler; and Belly Fairing Support Structure. As Chairmen Liu cited in his welcoming address, the MRJ program represents a very important commercial ODM business to AIDC as it not only uses a substantial amount of composite materials, it also represents a major milestone in our acquisition of tooling, design and manufacturing technical capability, expertise and experience on large composite parts.
The MRJ program was launched by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in year 2008 and is the next generation regional jet offering both the efficient operational economy while providing unparalleled cabin comfort. The family of MRJ include the MRJ90(90 seats) and MRJ70(70 seats). The MRJ is powered by the PurePower (R) PW1200G engines by Pratt & Whitney which will deliver significant operating savings and environmental benefits through the twin engine’s efficiency.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has received orders for 325 shipset (including options).The first flight is scheduled in 2Q of CY2015 with the first aircraft delivery scheduled in 2Q of CY2017.