"We expect a strong demand for this aircraft because it will save money. We have secured orders from Japan and the US and are negotiating with some airlines in the Middle East. The negotiations include Etihad Airways. They are in the first stages but Etihad has expressed interest in the jet," Hiromichi Takakuma, manager of marketing at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, told the paper.
The MRJ's "game-changing engine, state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, and noise analysis technology" allows it to reduce fuel consumption, noise and emissions by up to 20 percent, Takakuma said.
A prototype is on display at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.