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TOKYO, JAPAN - Mitsubishi Aircraft has restructured its senior management, as it restates its commitment to getting its long-delayed SpaceJet certified.

The Japanese planemaker will appoint company veteran Yasuhiko Kawaguchi as executive chief engineer. Kawaguchi, who has 35 years of experience in Mitsubishi Aircraft and parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), will oversee aircraft design and type certification.

Kawaguchi played a central role in flight tests in the USA. This fiscal year, Mitsubishi Aircraft will focus on “reorganizing, improving the current design at aircraft level, and validating flight test data.

Mitsubishi Aircraft President Takaoki Niwa will continue to manage the overall business of the company. As before, Keisuke Masutani, Director of the Board, will continue to assist with corporate management, and Hiroyuki Tatsuoka, Director of the Board, will support the overall development and technology.

"Throughout the reorganization, the company has focused on retaining the global experience and expertise it developed over the last few years. As for other positions in the new organization, personnel capable of playing an active role on a global basis will be assigned,"

the company said in a recent press release.

"In order to contribute to the development of the aviation industry in Japan and to develop Japan's first commercial jet, Mitsubishi Aircraft will focus on certification and will continue to move forward."

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