2009-09-09 08:12:29 UTC
TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
(7011.T) said it was delaying delivery of its first passenger jet by
three months to the first quarter of calendar 2014 due to design changes.
Mitsubishi Heavy will change the material used in the wings to aluminium
instead of carbon fibre for better fuel efficiency, and will widen the
body of the jet and expand cargo space.
It is also considering making jets that will seat 100 passengers, in
addition to the 70-person and 90-person jets now planned.
The design changes will not affect development costs for the jet, it said.
Just a 3 month delay for those changes ? Imagine how much of a delay
Boeing would have if it were to annnounce it was dropping carbon in
favour of aluminium for the 787's wings and widening the fuselage !
It would be interesting to know if the experience with 787 prompted
Mitsubishi to rethink use of carbon for wings.
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