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Tokyo, Japan - Japanese aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is shutting down all its facilities out of Japan. The airframer will go on its activities in Nagoya where company headquarters are located.

The move comes as a response to the economic downturn caused by the global health crisis. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, had suspended the development of the 76-seat M100 variant intended for the US market for the same reason.

The company now will halt flight testing of the 90-seat M90 variant that was being conducted in Moses Lake, United States.

Mitsubishi will continue M90 certification efforts, though those activities will shift for now to validation and other back-office work. The manufacturer will also reevaluate the M90 certification plan after revising the budget objectives of the development program.

Mitsubishi Aircraft has not announced any change to its plan for the acquisition of Bombardier’s CRJ program for $550 million. Mitsubishi and Bombardier, both said that deal would close on June 1st.
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