Irkut MC-21 (MS-21) - Russia, 2018
Detailing the development and operational history of the Irkut MC-21 (MS-21) Narrowbody Passenger Airliner.
Entry last updated on 5/30/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
As of the end of 2013, procurement orders for the Irkut MC-21 narrow-body airliner stood at nearly 260 examples.
Wind tunnel testing of the MC-21 design was held in late 2015 though delays with the composite wing has, in turn, delayed the MC-21 program as a whole by several months meaning that a rollout is not expected until mid-2016. A first flight is, therefore, scheduled for late-2016. An MC-21 specimen is undergoing final assembly at Irkutsk as of this writing (February 2016).
Russian carrier Aeroflot has signed on for 50 aircraft while Irkut claims total received orders from various carriers (mainly Russian) to be around 276 (175 of this total considered "firm" orders).
The initial commercial model is expected to become the 160-to-210-seat MC-21-300ER form with certification planned for sometime in 2017 or 2018 (2018 being more likely). The other versions to come include the MC-21-200ER, a dimensionally smaller variant with seating up to 175 passengers, and the MC-21-400ER.
The MC-21 program was originally known under the "MS-21" designator.
On June 8th, the first MC-21 prototype was debuted to the public by way of ceremony handled by UAC.
March 2017 - It has been announced that the MC-21 will require strengthened wings after testing revealed weakness in the members over time.
April 2017 - The MC-21 is expecting its first-flight sometime in 2017.
May 2017 - The MC-21, in prototype form, has officially recorded its first flight with PW1400G-JM engines, this coming on May 28th, 2017. Certification is planned for the proposed Aviadvigatel PD-14 turbofans for sometime 2018. One-hundred seventy-five aircraft are contracted for as of this writing.