Mitsubishi Aircraft moves procurement department to MHI

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Mitsubishi Aircraft has transferred its procurement department to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which has responsibility for the manufacturing of the in-development MRJ regional jet.

The airframer says this was done to "build a system" in which MHI will handle the entire procurement process when the aircraft enters production.

“Procurement by MHI will include preparations for [the] ramp-up [of] production. Mitsubishi Aircraft continues to engage in procurement for development and testing aircraft,” it adds.

At the same time, the airframer also appointed Takeshi Wakai, a former All Nippon Airways employee, as vice president of its quality management department. He replaces Tatsuko Suzuki, who has since been moved to the quality assurance department, effective 1 April.

In February, MHI announced that the production of the regional jet will be carried out at five bases, primarily in the Nagoya area. At the Singapore air show, the Japanese airframer also unveiled pictures of the regional jet’s first joined fuselage, and affirmed that the programme was on track to meet its latest schedule of achieving first flight in Q2 2015.