Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced a reorganisation effort aimed at improving internal collaboration and facilitating the MRJ regional jet programme.
The reorganization will see the company operate with seven divisions. Five divisions have either undergone restructuring or are newly created: project management, engineering, corporate administration, sales and marketing, and supply chain management.
Two existing divisions, customer support and quality assurance, remain "without major changes."
"An executive officer will lead each division in order to facilitate inter-divisional collaboration, as well as to strengthen MRJ program execution via across-the-board development schedule control and implementation," says the company.
"Project Management will cover issue resolution and strategically consolidate the MRJ's development schedule," it adds. "Engineering will manage both design and engineering, along with an active role in promoting efficiency and improving quality. Sales and Marketing aims to expand upon and strengthen worldwide sales, and Corporate Administration shall be responsible for company-wide management and contract administration."
The changes come at a pivotal time for the company. It plans to start final assembly of the MRJ in the coming months, with a first flight planned before the end of 2013.
"We're producing components of the aircraft and getting ready for final assembly in a couple of months," said president Teruaki Kawai in an interview with Flightglobal Pro at the Paris air show. "After that we can put the jet together within a month."