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Mitsubishi may debut 70-seat test jet next year

Plane uniquely positioned to take off in US, company says

The 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries expects a prototype of the 70-seat version of Japan's first homegrown commercial jetliner to be completed as early as 2018, joining the 90-seat model that has already been built.

Subcontractors have started work on the larger pieces of the 70-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which is being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy subsidiary Mitsubishi Aircraft. The parts will be delivered around the summer.

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