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9 Reasons You'll Love The World's Newest Regional Jet

This past Saturday, October 18th, 2014, Mitsubishi rolled out its latest aircraft, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). It's been a long time since Japan manufactured its last commercial jet. With a demand for over 5,000 regional jets in the next 20 years, this plane has a bright future. Here's why you'll love the MRJ:

1) Takes Flight In 2015

It's not too far away. Initial test flights are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2015.

2) Enters Service in 2017

Mitsubishi says six airlines have more than 400 MRJ planes on order or with options to purchase: ANA, JAL, Air Mandalay, Sky West, Trans States, and a relaunched Eastern Air Lines.

3) Japan's First Commercial Airplane In 50 Years

The last Japanese commercial airplane to be built was Mitsubishi's YS-11, a turboprop aircraft built between 1962 and 1972. It had been hoped the YS-11 would revive the Japanese aviation industry, but only 180 were sold, 99 of them in Japan.


4) Built In A Historic Factory

The MRJ rolled out at the Komaki Minami plant in Nagoya, where one of Mitsubishi's most famous aircraft was developed - The A6M "Zero" from World War II.

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5) Modern Engines

Each MRJ will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines. The engine's low-pressure system operates at high speeds for peak efficiency, while the fan operates at slower speeds for both optimum efficiency and significantly less noise. Better efficiency means fewer engine stages are required, reducing airfoil count, engine weight and operating cost

6) Passenger Comfort

With a cabin like this, it's hard to imagine a more comfortable regional jet. The MRJ boasts a 108.5 inch wide cabin, equipped with comfortable slim-seats that will enhance your comfort, reduce weight, and improve passenger loads.

7) They'll Be All Over The United States

Skywest has placed firm orders for 100 MRJ90s, with options for 100 more. Slated to enter service in 2017, you might be flying home on this plane within just a few years.

8) You'll Love Being The Pilot

If you fly for Skywest in 5-10 years, there's a good chance you'll be flying an MRJ. The flight deck will be equipped with 4 large 15 inch LCD screens to enhance situation awareness and reduce your workload.

9) Better Performing And Environmentally Friendly

Advanced aerodynamics and weight reduction was achieved through cutting-edge technology. With the use of composite materials, and a newly developed fuel-efficient next-generation engine, an over 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to other regional jets currently in service was achieved.

We're excited to fly on this new bird. Are you ready for the MRJ to land in the USA?

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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