Russia’s future airliner made its first public appearance on 8 June 2016, when the first MC-21-300 was presented at the Ikrutsk Aviation Plant.
Under the watchful eye of scores of dignitaries – including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – the first MC-21 version with a full standard avionics cockpit showed itself. The aircraft will now be used for flight and airframe tests.
The Magistralny Samolyot 21 (MS-21), Russian for Carbon Fibre plane, is a joint effort of big names of the Russian aviation industry – Irkut, Mikoyan, Yakovlev, Sukhoi, Ilyushin, Tupolev and Beriev – will be Moscow’s answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft will be launched in three different versions: the MS-21-200 for 150 passengers, the MS-21-300 accommodates up to 180 passengers and the MS-21-400 will have a seating arrangement for max. 212 passengers. Russia intends to replace all Yakovlev Yak-42s and the Tupolev Tu-154s and Tu-134s by the new aircraft, starting in 2017.
The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Irkut production company confirmed to have 175 firm orders for the aircraft MS-21, written as MC-21 in English, with a projected production rate of seven aircraft a month. The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to militarize the aircraft.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Roll-out of the first Irkut MC-21-300 (MS-21), the future Russian airliner, on 8 June 2016 (Image © Irkut)