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Long-delayed Mitsubishi jet ready for first air show

But competitors Embraer and Bombardier are catching up

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is finally ready for unveiling.

TOKYO -- Japan's first commercial jet airliner in half a century will make its maiden public flight this summer at a British air show as manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft rallies from numerous setbacks that have let competitors close in for a dogfight in the regional airliner field.

"I want to show the aircraft soaring across the sky so that more people recognize the Mitsubishi Regional Jet," President Hisakazu Mizutani told Nikkei Wednesday.

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