Mitsubishi Aircraft will see yet another round of management changes, as it doubles down on certificating its SpaceJet M90 regional jet programme. 

Two current senior vice presidents in the Japanese airframer will be promoted to directors of its board, effective 1 April. 

Keisuke Masutani will oversee global governance at the company, assisting newly-minted president Takaoki Niwa, who assumes the mantle on 1 April. 

Meanwhile, Hiroyuki Tatsuoka will assist Niwa in areas relating to development and engineering. 

Mitsubishi Aircraft is also expanding its corporate board of directors to include two members, both of whom are currently with the airframer’s parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). 

“These members will be asked to use their knowledge and experience to strengthen the corporate governance of Mitsubishi Aircraft,” the company states. 

The latest additions to the airframer’s senior management comes a month after a similar announcement. In February, Mitsubishi Aircraft says its outgoing president Hisakazu Mizutani would become the company’s chairman. 

Taking over his place, also from 1 April, would be Niwa, a 40-year MHI veteran, with an engineering and aviation background.

A day before the latest announcement, the latest SpaceJet M90 aircraft took off on its first test flight. 

The aircraft, flight test vehicle 10, registered JA26MJ, took off from Nagoya and conducted a series of performance tests over the Pacific Ocean. FTV10 is the first such SpaceJet M90 to be produced in what the company calls a “final, certifiable baseline configuration”.