Production of parts for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) could start this month, as Mitsubishi Aircraft enters the production drawing phase for the new jet.
The design review for the aircraft was completed last week, says a Mitsubishi spokesman.
"We are proceeding with the production drawing phase, which will include more detailed designing of the parts. The first production could start this month," he adds.
Development of the MRJ is on track, says Mitsubishi. The 90-seater aircraft's first flight is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, with first delivery to launch customer All Nippon Airways in the first quarter of 2014.
ANA has placed a firm order for 15 aircraft with 10 options. Besides the Japanese airline, American regional carrier Trans State Holdings has signed a letter of intent for 50 firm orders and 50 options.