PICTURE: Mitsubishi Aircraft unveils first P&W engine

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Japanese airframer Mitsubishi Aircraft has published an image of the first Pratt & Whitney PW1200G geared turbofan engine for its MRJ regional jet.

The engine, which was delivered this week, was unveiled at the final assembly factory in Aichi Prefecture, and will be mounted on the first MRJ test aircraft, says Mitsubishi Aircraft.

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Earlier in May, the first test aircraft (MSN 90001) was transferred from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Komami South plan, to the strength test station at a facility near Nagoya Airport. The tests will begin later in summer, which are necessary in order to achieve type and airworthiness certifications, and will be conducted in the presence of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.

A total of seven test aircraft will be used to certify the MRJ regional aircraft. Five of which will be used for flight tests, while another two will be used for static strength and fatigue strength tests.

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