FARNBOROUGH: MRJ cabin mock-up reveals seat switch

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Mitsubishi Aircraft is displaying at the Farnborough air show a cabin mock-up of its MRJ regional jet featuring premium- and economy-class seats manufactured by Zodiac Seats California.

The airframer had previously selected Japanese automobile seat maker Delta Kogyo to produce its economy seats, but says it decided to switch manufacturers to ensure that the necessary certifications would be obtained in time.

At 8m (26ft) long, the mock-up is about a third of the length of the actual aircraft, and shows the cabin in a two-class configuration.

The premium-class seats have a pitch of 38in and a 17˚ recline. The slim economy seats, meanwhile, are 18.5in wide, and come in four different pitches between 29in and 32in.

The Japanese airframer says its MRJ90 can fit 88 seats in a single-class configuration should the seat pitch be 31in, or 92 seats with 29in pitch.

Mitsubishi Aircraft is targeting the second quarter of 2015 for first flight of its regional jet.