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Why Mitsubishi jet turned to Bombardier for a shot in the arm

Dream of Japanese passenger plane hinges on Canadian group's expertise

Bombardier's CRJ regional jet is a well-established brand in the global market for smaller aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Bombardier)

TOKYO -- As setbacks plague Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' efforts to build its own aircraft, the Japanese company hopes that Bombardier's regional jet program could provide the missing piece to commercializing the long-stalled Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

Negotiations between Mitsubishi Heavy and Bombardier for the sale of the Canadian manufacturer's CRJ program were reported this week. Mitsubishi Heavy seems interested mainly in Bombardier's experience with similar-sized regional jets, as well as its extensive customer and maintenance network.

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