We’re all used to getting jammed into smaller and smaller spaces on airplanes, but one company is looking for a way to change that. Japanese automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi is currently testing a regional jet that only holds—wait for it—90 people total. It may be a while in the making, though, thanks to potential delays.
Sometime in the future, if we’re not stuffed like sardines into planes, we may have Mitsubishi to thank for it. The Japanese company, mostly known for cars, just announced it is testing a 90-seat passenger jet in the United States. A commercial aircraft hasn’t been built in Japan since 1960, so this could be a pretty big deal both for travelers and the country.
[Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation]
The current planned delivery date for the plane is mid-2020. But there have been some concerns that could be worrying for Mitsubishi if they want to release on time. This particular jet had seven years of setbacks over the last ten-plus years the company has spent developing it. Plus, a mid-2020 delivery date means the company has less than 18 months to get certified. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took 20 months, and Honda Motor’s HondaJet waited a full two years. In addition, the passenger jet market is dominated by Boeing and Airbus, so Mitsubishi may have trouble breaking into the business in general.
The aircraft is currently testing in Washington State, according to Wings Herald. An estimated 407 aircraft orders have already been placed with the company for airlines throughout the world.
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