In May 2015, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation said that it will establish a Seattle engineering center with a local partner that will employ about 150 people in support of its forthcoming MRJ regional jet. The new engineering center will be operated by local firm AeroTEC, which provides airplane manufacturers with engineering support to speed development and certification. According to AeroTEC president Lee Human, in June of this year, the company will move to a new expanded facility in the Sodo area near its current site.
Human announced that 50 of the jobs will be filled by Japanese Mitsubishi engineers and that they have already assigned some 45 of its own engineers to MRJ support and is recruiting locally and internationally for the remaining 55 positions. Human said in a statement: “We’ll assist Mitsubishi Aircraft with the analysis and additional engineering support needed to expedite the certification and entry into service of the airplane.”
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is expected to fly in Japan for the first time this coming October. Smaller than any of Boeing’s jets, the MRJ will come initially in 92-seat and 78-seat variants and is scheduled to enter service in 2017. Following the MRJ’s maiden flight, Mitsubishi will bring four test airplanes to Moses Lake next year for a flight-test program, also supported by AeroTEC. Human said that once the initial MRJ model is certified, he expects AeroTEC to support the follow-on models as well as any modifications on the initial variants.
Headquartered at Nagoya Airfield in Aichi Prefecture, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is a Japanese company dedicated to the development, production, sales and support of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet passenger airliner. The manufacturing of the aircraft is carried out by parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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