Industry consortium Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC) revealed government-funded feasibility studies of a potential 100-150-seat airliner family at the show. If launched, the YPX would go head-to-head with the Canadian-manufacturer’s C110/130 product line.
The twin-engined YPX would borrow heavily from Japan’s indigenously-developed, four-engined P-X maritime patrol aircraft, incorporating elements such as the wing box and empennage.
Kawasaki consulting engineer Yuichi Hirakami says the YPX could feature a composite wing and would be equipped with “highly efficient” engines. A launch could occur in “4-5 years”, allowing for entry into service around “2018-19”, he adds.
In the nearer term JADC is hoping to secure export sales of a commercialised version of the P-X’s sister aircraft, the high-wing, twin-engined C-X. The organisation is in talks with potential maintenance providers that would provide worldwide support for the commercial C-X, says Hirakami.
JADC is a consortium of Japan’s major aircraft manufacturers, which co-ordinates development work on commercial aircraft projects.
Source: Flight International