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Mitsubishi jet makes maiden overseas flight

The MRJ leaves for its maiden overseas flight at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido.

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Aircraft's Japan-built passenger jet made its maiden overseas flight en route to the U.S. for testing. 

The first Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which had left Nagoya Airport in Aichi Prefecture, on Monday, took off from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday and arrived at an airport in Russia's Kamchatka after noon.

The jet is scheduled to fly over Russia and the U.S. state of Alaska, depending on weather and other conditions. It is expected to arrive at the city of Moses Lake in the U.S. state of Washington on Thursday, Japan time, at the earliest.

This is the third attempt by the MRJ to reach the U.S. for testing, after aborting flights twice in late August. The plan is to send four MRJs to the U.S. for intensive testing, to meet a deadline of mid-2018.

(Nikkei)

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