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Mitsubishi Heavy aircraft unit may delay delivery of MRJ passenger jet again

The Japan Times

NAGOYA – A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. may delay the initial delivery of the first passenger jet to be developed in Japan due to technical problems, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., an entity 64 percent owned by Mitsubishi Heavy, told its customers that it may need to push back the current delivery schedule of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, from the middle of 2018, the source said. If postponed, it will be the fifth delay in the delivery plan and potential design changes could force Mitsubishi Aircraft to review production plans and lead to a substantial delay in the delivery schedule, though manufacturing operations have already started. Last December the company put off the initial delivery by a year to the middle of 2018, as it wanted more testing time to strengthen the wing design. The possible postponement comes as an MRJ arrived at its test-flight base in the United States on Wednesday after aborting its flight to Grant County International Airport in Washington state twice due to problems with its air-conditioning system.


2021 Ford Bronco deliveries delayed 2-3 weeks, but still 'on track' for summer

FOX News

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is a crossover inspired by the original Bronco that's ready for adventure, says Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu. The rebooted Ford Bronco has been a long time coming, and some customers are going to have to wait a little longer than expected to get theirs. The automaker has sent letters to order holders who were expecting to receive their trucks in early June notifying them that the delivery dates have been pushed back 2-3 weeks. The delay is due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage hampering the auto industry and directly related to a current two-week shutdown at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, where the Bronco is being built, that is scheduled to run through May 30. A Ford spokeswoman for manufacturing told the Detroit Free Press that the delays represent "adjustments" and that "we are still on track" for deliveries this summer.


Walmart is testing grocery deliveries with Uber and Lyft

Engadget

So far, this limited trial is kicking off with Uber in Denver and, according to Business Insider, Lyft in Phoenix. Rather than paying the driver directly, Walmart shoppers will be charged between 7-10 per delivery. The company is also testing a similar service with Deliv, out of its Sam's Club stores in Miami. Grocery deliveries are becoming a big deal, with firms like Target and Amazon hoping to elbow-out more established players in the market. The fact that Walmart is leveraging Uber and other ride-sharing companies is, in a way, a tacit indictment of its failure to get this going with this soon enough.


More Uber deliveries may be coming from your favorite online services

PCWorld

Uber wants to be the default delivery service for small businesses in the United States. The car-hailing service/budding transport company just announced that any business can now use its UberRush application program interface (API). What that means for you is more deliveries from UberRush are likely headed your way from the online and mobile app-based services you use. If you live in one of UberRush's delivery cities that is, which right now includes just Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Uber says businesses will be able to add UberRush as part of their service with "just a few lines of code."


Troubled Mitsubishi Regional Jet faces fifth delivery delay

The Japan Times

NAGOYA – Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has told customers that delivery of the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet might be delayed for a fifth time starting in mid-2018, sources said. The subsidiary owned 64 percent by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. might delay initial delivery of Japan's first domestically produced passenger jet because of technical problems, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday. That would be the MRJ's fifth delay. Any subsequent design changes could force Mitsubishi Aircraft to review production plans and lead to a substantial delay in the plane's delivery, though manufacturing operations have already started. Last December the company put off initial delivery by a year to mid-2018 because it wanted more testing time to strengthen the wing design.