MRJ takes shape as tail cone delivered

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The MRJ regional jet appears to be taking shape, with parts of the aircraft being sent to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Komaki South plant for final assembly.

In response to queries from Flightglobal, the airframer says the tail cone section of its first flight test aircraft has been delivered to the plant, while the tail wings are currently being manufactured.

The airframer adds that its first Pratt & Whitney PW1200G geared turbofan engines are on track to be delivered in end April.

On 14 April, Mitsubishi disclosed that the right wing for its first flight test aircraft has been delivered to the Komaki plant. The left wing is expected to be delivered in mid April.

The Japanese airframer would not give further details on when it expects the wings and tail section to be joined to the fuselage of its first regional jet.

In February, it unveiled pictures of the regional jet's first joined fuselage. The pictures showed aircraft 10001 fused from the forward fuselage through to the aft fuselage, and bearing its red, black and gold house livery. The plan is for the aircraft's wings to be joined to its body before the arrival of the PW1200G powerplants.

The Japanese-made regional jet is scheduled to take its first flight in Q2 2015, after three delays to the programme’s schedule.