The Russian aircraft manufacturer, Irkut Corporation, unveiled yesterday the new MC-21, which will be a competitor of the A320 and the Boeing 737 in two years’ time. The ceremony took place at Irkutsk in Siberia, more than 3,000 miles (5,000 km) east of Moscow, where the medium-haul is assembled. Among the many guests were Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and customers of the MC-21.
This is the first unit destined to begin the flight-testing programme at the end of the year, with first deliveries scheduled for 2018.
The MC-21 is available in two versions, the "-300", as presented at the roll-out, is the largest, and can carry up to 211 passengers over a distance of 3,600 miles (5,900 km). Airlines have the choice of two engines, a Pratt & Whitney, or a Russian from United Engine Corporation.
The Russian single-aisle catalogue price is around $ 85 million, being 20% cheaper than its direct competitors. An asset that will perhaps help the plane to be exported. Until now, the MC-21 has only recorded orders from Russian airlines.