Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. may delay the delivery of Japan’s first domestically made passenger plane to the first customer ANA Holdings Inc. because of possible technical modifications to the aircraft.
The builder of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, set for delivery in mid-2018, is conducting a close study on whether there may be a delay in development with involved parties, Miho Takahashi, a spokeswoman for Mitsubishi Aircraft, said by telephone Monday. The company informed ANA of the possible holdup in late September, and the carrier will decide on a response only if a delay is confirmed, said Maho Ito, a spokeswoman at the airline.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, aimed at challenging the dominance of Brazil’s Embraer SA and Canada’s Bombardier Inc. in the market for planes with fewer than 100 seats, suffered recent setbacks after two flights to the U.S. were aborted following faulty air-conditioning sensors. Its third attempt was a success, with the plane arriving at Moses Lake, Washington, on Wednesday to start flight testing.