The new Russian airliner МC-21 will debut in autumn 2018, the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said.
According to the Minister, the aircraft will be in Southeast Asia in October/November this year as part of international presentation of Russian Irkut MC-21.
On 25 March 2018, the second prototype of MC21-300 aircraft arrived at Irkutsk Aviation Plant. 4 jets will undergo flight tests at the airfield of Flight Research Institute, M.M. Gromov in Zhukovsky city, Moscow region.
The MC-21’s wing manufacturer, Russian firm JSC AeroComposit won the innovative solutions award at the JEC World – 2018 event in Paris, the world’s leading composite technology show.
The infusion technology of Russian specialists enabled production of a high-aspect wing with new generation supercritical contour for MC-21 aircraft. The Long-length wing panels are made by automatic dry carbon filling machines.
The Irkut MC-21 is a single-aisle twinjet airliner, developed at a cost of USD 6.4billion and expected unit price; MC-21-200 – US$ 72 million; and MC-21-300 – US$ 91 million
The aircraft will enter the same ring of Boeing 737MAX, Airbus A320neo, China’s COMAC C919, Brazil’s Embraer E-Jet E2, Japan’s Mitsubishi MRJ70/MRJ90 Regional Jet and Canada’s Bombardier C-Series..
Russia expects to sell more than more than 1000 MC-21 jets by 2037.