Mitsubishi Regional Jet will be delivered in 2017 due to Pratt & Whitney engine delivery delays

Mitsubishi Aircraft will push back the initial deliveries of its regional jet to mid-2017 due to problems with procuring engines, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday Aug. 22.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ90), Japan’s first commercial aircraft in half a century, was set to start being delivered to customers in 2015.

The Nikkei said the company was facing delays in engine deliveries from Pratt & Whitney.

A Mitsubishi Aircraft spokesman declined to comment on the Nikkei report.

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is a passenger jet aircraft seating 70-96 passengers to be manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, a partnership between majority owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor Corporation.

The aircraft program is the first airliner Japan has designed and produced domestically since the NAMC YS-11 of the 1960s.

Four versions are planned using two different fuselage lengths. The MRJ70 will have a passenger capacity of 70-80 and the MRJ90 will have a passenger capacity of 86-96 and has a list price of $42 million.

Mitsubishi Aircraft already has 165 firm orders for the MRJ. The company has pushed back the jet’s test flight and delivery schedule twice so far.

It aims to compete with jets made by Embraer and Bombardier. The first delivery of the jet, developed at a cost of $1.9 billion, will go to Japanese airline ANA.