Pictures: Latest SpaceJet M90 test aircraft makes its maiden flight

Nagoya, Japan - Japan's first modern airliner SpaceJet M90's latest prototype took off for its maiden flight on March 18.

The aircraft with registration JA26MJ took off from Nagoya Airport for a two-hour test flight and performed some system tests over the Pacific Ocean.

The aircraft will be ferried to Moses Lake Flight Test Center in the coming weeks, where the SpaceJet test fleet is stationed for certification campaign.

Today’s announcement is especially encouraging, as it marks the start of certification flight testing for the first SpaceJet M90 in final, certifiable configuration,

Mitsubishi Aircraft chief development officer Alex Bellamy said.

JA26MJ is the final certifiable baseline configuration of the SpaceJet M90 model.

Mitsubishi's SpaceJet will be powered by new-generation fuel-efficient engines from Pratt & Whitney. The American engine manufacturer is also the supplier for the Embraer's E-2 jets.

The Japanese manufacturer aims to deliver the 90-seat variant M90 in mid-2020 to the launch customer Japan Airlines (JAL).