Japan's first commercial jet in 50 years makes maiden flight

November 11, 2015 1:35 AM

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Japan's first commercial jet in 50 years makes maiden flight

TOKYOJapan's first commercial jet in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry that can compete with some of the major players in global aviation.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took off on a one-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays.

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