Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) engines unit has completed the first domestically-assembled Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW1200G engine.
The turbofan, which has been shipped from Japan to the United States, will be installed on Mitsubishi Aircraft’s SpaceJet regional jet.
It was shipped from MHI Aero Engines’ (MHIAEL) Komaki facility, to Mitsubishi Aircraft’s flight testing centre in Moses Lake.
MHIAEL states that the engine will be installed to support “ongoing testing” of the SpaceJet programme, which recently has been reported as facing a fresh round of delays.
If approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration, the Komaki facility would house Japan’s first final assembly line for the production of commercial aircraft engines.
MHIAEL signed an agreement with P&W in 2008 for the production and testing of the PW1200G engines, with assembly of the first PW1200G engine commencing in 2017.