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Long-awaited Mitsubishi jet has one last hurdle to clear

Crucial test flights to begin next month in US

The timeline for a mid-2020 delivery of the MRJ is tight.

TOKYO -- Japan's first homegrown jet airliner, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, has received the green light to launch make-or-break test flights in January, the final regulatory challenge ahead of its targeted delivery in mid-2020.

Developer Mitsubishi Aircraft, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, on Friday won approval from the transport ministry to undertake so-called type certification testing.

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