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Mitsubishi Regional Jet unveiling subdued as interest flags

Rampant delays have diminished appeal, made buyers think twice

Reporters tour the Mitsubishi Regional Jet at the International Paris Air Show on June 19.

LE BOURGET, France -- Japan's first home-grown jetliner faces murky skies even before takeoff, as repeated development and delivery delays have pushed potential buyers toward increasingly attractive alternatives.

Mitsubishi Aircraft, developer of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, abandoned much of the usual fanfare when unveiling the completed plane Monday at the International Paris Air Show here. The aircraft is on display for the world's aviation industry insiders to see, and received a laudatory introduction from Shunichi Miyanaga, president of parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. But there has been no press conference to report new orders for the plane -- an event most manufacturers relish. Mitsubishi Aircraft itself held such an announcement at an industry show in the U.K. last year.

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