Mitsubishi Aircraft has appointed Kenichi Inukai as vice-president of its type certification department, only weeks ahead of the planned first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

Effective 1 October, Inukai was also appointed to the role of senior vice-president, head of coordination office of airworthiness.

The appointment appears to show that Mitsubishi is ramping up its efforts to have the jet certificated in time to meet its target for first customer delivery of the type in the second quarter of 2017.

Mitsubishi has set a window of 26-30 October for the first flight of the MRJ90 from its facility at Nagoya. Following that, five test aircraft will undergo certification testing in the US, operating from an engineering base in Seattle.

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