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Mitsubishi SpaceJet won't be ready until late 2021

New delivery target unveiled after sixth delay

The Mitsubishi Aircraft SpaceJet includes more than 1 million parts, each with high interdependencies, and any changes require time to check the impacts. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Aircraft has postponed delivery of the SpaceJet for a sixth time to late 2021 or 2022, adding more turbulence to its effort to build Japan's first homegrown passenger jet.

The new delivery target was unveiled at an internal meeting Friday and is expected to be announced publicly as early as Feb. 6.

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