Russia's state-owned military-industrial giant Rostec said Sunday during the first day of Dubai airshow that it is looking to jointly produce the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody airliner overseas -- potentially in the United Arab Emirates.
According to a report by CNN Money, Rostec delegates held talks about the potential joint production of the plane with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has been eager to expand its aerospace industry into manufacturing. Companies based in the country already produce some parts for Boeing and Airbus jets.
However, the spokesperson said it was too early to say what joint production would mean in practice, which could entail anything from assembly of completed MC-21 jetliners in the UAE to manufacturing components for jets that will be produced in Russia.
"Specific parameters will be determined during [the] negotiation process," the spokesperson said.
According to the report, Rostec and UAC may build the aircraft in the UAE based on the largest version, the MC-21-400, that seats up to 250 passengers and competes directly with the biggest single-aisle jets from Boeing and Airbus.
The MC-21 short-and medium-haul narrow-body aircraft conducted its maiden flight on May 28, 2017. Plans are in store to produce two of the plane’s versions: the MC-21-200, which will carry 132 to 165 passengers, and the MC-21-300, which will carry 163 to 211 passengers.
Currently, Irkut has 286 orders for the MC-21 aircraft. Of this number, final contracts were inked for the delivery of 175 aircraft while contracts for another 110 planes are preliminary agreements.
Irkut Corporation of Russia is setting up a 20 aircraft per year production line for its MC-21 commercial airliner project at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAP). The aircraft has received advanced orders of some 175 aircraft, mainly from Russia-based airlines
The MC-21-300 test aircraft performed the first flight from the airfield of Flight Research Institute, M M Gromov in Zhukovsky city near Moscow today. During the more than three hours flight, stability and controllability were assessed at altitudes varying from 6,000 to 12,000 meters
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin said Russia is considering setting up a MC-21 Aircraft Maintenance Center in Uzbekistan. "We also wanted to talk about the MC-21
The first prototype MC-21-300 aircraft of Irkut Corp, Russia flew from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant to the Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky near Moscow today covering a distance of 4500 km at an altitude of 10,000 meters non-stop for six hours. This was the first long distance flight of the MC-21 test aircraft whose flight tests began earlier this year
Peruvian Airlines plans to buy 10 MC-21 medium haul planes for a proposed new airline marking the first international order for Russia's medium-haul jetliner. Russias Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) and Peruvian Airlines signed an agreement of intent to purchase 10 SSJ-100, 100-seater planes and 10 MC-21 medium haul passenger jets at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday
Irkut Corporation and JSC “SCAC” signed Memorandum on Cooperation with Saudi Arabia State Investment Agency “SAGIA” for promoting Russian civil aircraft at the Middle East as well as in Northern and Central Africa region. The Memorandum states the assistance of the Saudi agency as far as sales and leasing of Russian aircraft are concerned, local MC-21 and SSJ100 certification, cooperation for the after-sales support and possible perspective localization of the production, in particular the production and installation of the interior components, aircraft painting and separate construction elements manufacturing
Second prototype of Russias MC-21-300 aircraft has been assembled and is ready for flight testing. At the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation,
The second prototype of Russias MC-21-300 airliner is being prepared for first flight even as the first aircraft has completed more than 30 flights. Flight tests of MC-21-300, the new medium-range aircraft confirm the correctness of key design and production solutions, Kirill Budayev, vice-president of Irkut Corporation said on the sidelines of the Singapore Air show
Russian Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) has completed another stage of static tests of a composite load-bearing wing box of MC-21-300 aircraft. The lead designer of the aircraft is Irkut Corporation
Saudi Arabia is eyeing Russia's newest commercial aircraft -- Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21, and is reportedly in talks for the purchase with the Russian officials. In an interview with TASS, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Politics at the Rostec state corporation Viktor Kladov said: "We have an active dialogue with Saudi Arabia on a whole number of areas, they are interested not only in the Russian equipment, but also in technologies
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