Russian Irkut rolls out the new МС-21-300 aircraft
Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation has introduced the MC-21-300 aircraft in a roll-out event at its factory in Irkutsk, attended by Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev.
Mr. Dmitry Medvedev claimed in his address: “The creation of MC-21 aircraft is the tremendous victory of aviation industry, the victory of Irkut Corporation, our scientists, designers, our engineers, and workers.”
Mr. Prime Minister of the Russian Federation also emphasized that Russia is able to create the products which both propel domestic aviation industry and compete with foreign aircraft. At the same time, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev stressed the importance of international cooperation in the project, while greeting foreign businessmen “who work in Russia, who are here in this hall, and who achieve impressive success together with us.”
The Russian mid-range narrow-body will replace the older aircraft Tu-154 and is intended to compete with Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. In 2015, at Paris AirShow Irkut’s President Oleg Demenchenko, stated that there was a demand for narrow-body aircraft and even a small portion of market, dominated by Boeing and Airbus, would make the production of the MC-21 financially viable.
“If our aircraft takes 10-15% of the market, as the director of the company, I would say I did not waste my time,” said Irkut’s President Oleg Demenchenko.
It will be available in two models: MC-21-200 with passenger capacity of 150 and MC-21-300, seating 180. There have been plans to produce a MC-21-400 version seating 212 people, however they have been put on hold.
There are two engine options to power the plane: Russia’s Aviadvigatel PD-14 and the Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G.
The newly rolled out plane has already been ordered over 200 times. It's film order's stand for 175 aircraft, soft - for another 100 planes. “The number of soft orders exceeds 100 aircraft,” said Irkut’s representatives. Its customers consist of Aeroflot, Red Wings, IrAero, Sberbank Leasing, Ilyushin Finance Co. and Air Kyrgyzstan.
By 2023 Irkut plans to produce 70 aircraft MC-21 annually. The first 4 planes will be delivered to Russian flag carrier Aeroflot in 2018.