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Moses Lake, Washington, U.S. - On May 5, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has restarted the flight tests for its long-awaited regional aircraft SpaceJet, which was previously known MRJ jet.

The flight testing of the aircraft is being conducted at the Moses Lake Flight Test Center in the United States. The tests had been suspended from the end of March due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the US.

It was now resumed thanks to the special permission granted by the Washington State government.

According to Mitsubishi Aircraft, the Washington State Government allowed the Japanese aircraft manufacturer to resume its operations from April 23. All employees were trained on infectious disease control procedures before flight testing began. On May 5th, a prototype with registration JA21MJ carried out the first flight since the suspension. The plane stayed in the air around one hour.


On the other hand, in Japan, the planemaker is continuing flight tests at the Nagoya Airport with another prototype registered JA26MJ (10th prototype with design changes made in 2016).

The JA26MJ is the aircraft used to obtain the Type Certificate (TC) from the Japanese regulator. The plan is to ferry this aircraft to Moses Lake Flight Center as well, where the climate is available more flight hours. But it will take some time because of the travel restrictions to the United States, so the aircraft will continue to conduct flight tests in Japan for the time being.

The delivery date of the SpaceJet is scheduled for the first half of 2021 after sixth delay. The first copy will be delivered to the launch customer and the Japan's largest airline operator All Nippon Airways.

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