Japan’s first ever homegrown passenger jet has had a bumpy few days.The plane was forced to abort two consecutive test flights to the U.S. over the weekend because of problems with the air management system on board.
The company has pushed back delivery plans for the MRJ four times in the past seven years. Its first customer, Japan’s ANA ( ), placed its initial order in 2008, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2013. The airline now isn’t expected to receive the first plane until mid-2018.
The MRJ puts Mitsubishi in competition with Brazilian plane maker Embraer ( ) and Canada’s Bombardier ( ), which dominate the market for passenger jets with fewer than 100 seats.
Delays aren’t uncommon in bringing new planes to market. Industry giants Boeing ( ) and Airbus ( ) have both endured embarrassing setbacks on high-profile jets like the 787 Dreamliner and the A380.