Mitsubishi Regional Jet Completes First Flight

The highly anticipated first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) went off without a hitch earlier this week in Japan.  The flight, which was approximately an hour and a half in duration, reached speeds of up to 174 miles an hour and altitudes of up to 15,000 feet.  Trans States Holdings, the parent company of Trans States Airlines, is the domestic launch customer for the MRJ, with 50 firm orders and another 50 on option.  Of the 50 firm orders, Trans States Airlines is guaranteed to receive 20 of them, with the first expected to enter revenue service in 2017.

The MRJ comes in two versions–one that seats 70 passengers and one that seats 90.  At this time, it is not certain which model Trans States will fly.  Some of the notable features of the MRJ include increased fuel-efficiency, lower noise levels and a spacious interior layout that maximizes passenger customers.  Please click HERE for the latest developments on the MRJ project.  We’re looking forward to introducing this beautiful aircraft to our fleet!

MRJ Video & Update

As employees frequently ask about the status of TSH’s MRJ order, we thought that everyone might enjoy the below video, which was used to promote the MRJ at the Paris Air Show earlier this summer.

You can also find other great MRJ videos and photos, along with the most up-to-date news regarding the MRJ project at:

The MRJ’s first flight is planned for early October, with entry into service scheduled for 2017.  TSH’s deliveries are scheduled to start in mid 2017.

We hope you enjoy the video!  Please note that if you are in the STC Building, you may not be able to view the videos on your desk top computer.

MRJ Rollout Pictures and Video!

Rick Leach was on hand in Japan this weekend for the much-anticipated MRJ rollout!  Check out the short video below or the full roll-out ceremony video at

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Additional pictures from the launch ceremony:

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