Irkut Corp of Russia has started tooling, raw material sourcing and other preparations for the mass-production of the MC-21-300 passenger aircraft even as the airliner is undergoing its final set of certification tests.
Ravil Hakimiv, General Director of Irkut together other company executives said during a press conference at MAKS 2019 event in Moscow that all the main confirmation tests to prove the main characteristics of the aircraft had been completed.
The company was planning a production run of 72 aircraft in the first year of production which amounted to six airplanes a month which could go up to 100 aircraft if demand increased. As of now, Irkut had a firm order for 150 aircraft from Aeroflot. A contract for 20 jets had been signed during MAKS 2019 for 15 aircraft from Irkutia and another Russian carrier.
International interest was high in the carrier and during presentations at the Paris Air Show 2019, potential customers had commented that the MC-21 had the potential to be world leading single aisle passenger airline.
Kirill Budaev, Deputy CEO, sales and marketing of Irkut said that the aircraft offered a combination of passenger capacity, fuel economy, interior comfort and ease of maintenance which no other airliner could match.
Konstatin Popovich, MC-21 chief designer said that Irkut was not just working on setting of manufacturing capacity but also spares parts production, pilot and crew training and addressing other matters to make the aircraft fit comfortably in the inventory of airlines without any starting hiccups.
From the outset, customers would be offered a choice of two engines- a Russian UEC made PD-14 engine and a Pratt & Whitney made engine. It was up to the customer to select what he wanted, he said.
The PD-14 engine would be tested from the fourth prototype onwards and certifications obtained for that aircraft/engine combination.
Asked if the problems with Boeing 737 Max jet had opened a marketing opportunity for MC-21, Budaev said that the problems were a short-time set back for Boeing while the MC-21 will be in the skies only in 2022.
Russias MC-21 aircraft successfully underwent the second certification tests by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). During the certification tests, EASA experts evaluated the behavior of MC-21-300 aircraft in various modes at altitudes till 12,000 m
Irkut Corp has displayed a new advanced simulator of the MC-21-300 aircraft at the Paris Air show 2019. The procedural simulator of MC-21-300 has been upgraded after the successful flight tests
Russian MC-21 airliner program which had been delayed due to American sanctions on acquiring composite technology has moved back on track with a Russia-based AeroKompozite announcing the development of wings and other structures made from composites. The announcement was made by United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) which is the lead agency for developing the passenger plane on its Twitter account Monday
Prevented by US sanctions from using Pratt & Whitney engines in its MC-21-300 airliner project, Irkut Corporation of Russia will roll out its first serially manufactured plane with the PD-14 engine made by United Engine Corporation (UEC). Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov who visited the Irkutsk aviation plant today said "under unfavorable conditions, we will be ready to switch only to domestic engines
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on Tuesday that the company is planning to build six MC-21 airplanes in 2021. "We have planned to manufacture six MC-21 planes in 2021, twelve in 2022, and 25 in 2023
The Russian MC-21 airliner will be displayed for the first time outside Russia at the Teknofest Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival (TIATF) to begin tomorrow in the Turkish capital in which it arrived today marking its first international flight. The aircraft flew from Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow earlier and arrived in Istanbul after a three hour flight earlier today
A Russian man has been accused of stealing jet engine technology from America's GE Aviation to help Russia's Aviadvigatel, part of state-owned UEC, design jet engine gearboxes for a large aircraft. The US Justice Department announced on Thursday that it arrested the Russian man Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and a former director for GE Aviation's Italian subsidiary named Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, for the theft of jet engine technology from 2013-2018
China Tests KJ-500 Early Warning Aircraft, L-15 Trainer-Combat Jet
UVision Demos Hero-120 Loitering Munition to NATO Member State
Russian Shipbuilder Reconfiguring Project 11356 Frigates for Indian Navy
African Nation Receives King Air 350ERs Configured for Maritime Patrol
Indonesia Seeks Rafale Jets, Submarines, Warships in Defence Cooperation Deal with France
Sea Ceptor Supersonic Missile Defence System Offered to Indian Navy
Mobile Phone Led Israelis to Destory Pantsir-S Air Defence Battery in Syria
GA-ASI Demos Multi-Domain Operations Using Gray Eagle ER Drone
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...