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Mitsubishi's SpaceJet has new name but suffers same problems

Development woes force a sixth delay to passenger jet's debut

Mitsubishi Heavy launched the program to develop Japan's first homegrown passenger jet in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Aircraft is seeking a sixth postponement on delivering its rebranded SpaceJet regional passenger plane, Nikkei has learned, with a new target date to be set as soon as next month.

Setbacks in developing the body of the aircraft, formerly known as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, have slowed the process of obtaining type certification, a prerequisite for commercial flight. Parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has sought a review from outside experts to help set a delivery date beyond the standing mid-2020 target for the 90-seat-class jet.

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