Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is looking to enter the cabin interiors market, as part of a strategy to become a one-stop shop in aviation manufacturing .
Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Farnborough air show, Toshio Kozasa – manager of the engineering steering department within MHI's commercial aviation systems – says the capability is likely to come online in 2022.
He indicates that MHI intends to make commercial-aircraft interiors ranging from floors to wall panels, overhead bins and ceiling panels.
"We have the experience with our aircraft parts manufacturing, and we want to be a one-stop shop to increase revenue for the company," he adds. "By entrusting their parts manufacturing and interior work, we are also helping airframers reduce their cost significantly."
MHI is already a tier-one supplier to major airframers such as Airbus and Boeing, producing components and structural assembly. The aircraft programmes supplied by MHI include the Boeing 777 (for which the Japanese company makes aft fuselage panels, tail fuselage and passenger entry doors), 737 (inboard flaps), 787 (composite main wing), and Airbus A380 (forward and aft cargo doors).
The Mitubishi Regional Jet's manufacturer, Mitsubishi Aircraft, is a subsidiary of MHI.
Source: Cirium Dashboard