Export of MC-21 airplane to Malaysia, which has signed a ‘soft’ agreement to buy the jetliner may start in 2023, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said on Monday to Rossiya-24 TV Channel.
"Commercial deliveries will start in 2021. We will start deliveries to Russian operators and CIS countries at first. Customers from non-CIS countries …will target during 2023-2024. These are countries of Southeast Asia and Malaysia," Manturov was quoted as saying in Russian media.
The current problems with Boeing 737 Max with airline operators not picking up ordered jets may accelerate sales prospects of the MC-21 due to growing demand for single-aisle airliners and not enough supply.
But the airliner must first complete its Russian and European certification process; the plane is currently undergoing trials and will be certified in Russia in 2020. The Russian certificate will be later validated in the European market.
The MC-21 is being developed and manufactured by Irkut Corporation (a subsidiary of UAC of Russia). Its manufacturer claims a series of innovative features which result in more passengers (up to 211), more aisle and luggage space and better fuel economy as compared to competing planes from Boeing and Airbus.
Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamed is looking to save money on big ticket purchases and going with Russian aviation and defence products is one such measure.
Russia and Malaysia signed a "soft" (non-binding, no advance payment) contract for the supply of ten MC-21 aircraft at the stage of preparation for its serial production in October. A state loan for the purchase of the aircraft has been discussed according to reports.
The fourth Irkut MC-21-300 test airliner completed its maiden flight on Wednesday, December 25. The aircraft, with test registration 73056, departed from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, located in the city of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia
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
Irkut Corporation will present MC-21-300 new generation passenger aircraft for the first time at Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019. The aircraft participating the MAKS flying display is the FTV-1, which has performed maiden flight
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
Russia has planned to replace MC-21 twin-jet airliner's avionics manufactured by America's Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and France's Thales with indigenous airborne avionics before 2023. A draft tender was issued to look for potential Russian manufacturers
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