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Russia rolls out MC-21 aircraft

9 Jun 2016 by BusinessTraveller

Russian state-owned United Aircraft Corporation has rolled out its forthcoming MC-21 passenger aircraft for the first time.

The aircraft was unveiled at an official ceremony at Irkutsk Aviation Plant, attended by Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The MC-21-300 aircraft will be used for flight tests, and is designed to accommodate up to 211 passengers, competing with the Airbus A320neo, and Boeing’s B737 MAX aircraft.

MC-21-300

Two other versions of the MC-21 are also planned – the MC-21-200 carrying up to 176 passengers, and the longer MC-21-400 carrying up to 230 passengers. First delivery is currently slated for 2017.

Unveiling the test aircraft Medvedev said:

““The creation of MC-21 aircraft is the tremendous victory of aviation industry, the victory of Irkut Corporation, our scientists, designers, our engineers, and workers.

“You’ve done the great job for our country, I would better say – just outstanding job!”

UAC has 175 firm orders for the aircraft, including 50 from Russian flag carrier Aeroflot.

uacrussia.ru/en

Mark Caswell

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