It has been a pivotal 12 months for the new wave of sub-100-seat jets. Two types powered by Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan PW1000G family – the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Embraer E2 – have embarked on flight test campaigns. In the last few weeks, Embraer’s successor to the E-Jet has taken to the air, while a second MRJ joined the first flight-test example on 31 May. Both aircraft are heading for certification with healthy orderbooks.
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