Russian airplane manufacturer Irkut has announced that is on course to manufacture the first prototype of the MC-21 narrow body airliner by the end of present year.
Irkut president Oleg Demchenko remarked the “major milestones” of the MC-21 program at the Paris Air Show, among these were the siging of a supplier’s contract. “Our aircraft is turning from paper to metal” Mr. Demchenko announced.
The designer plans that the MS-21 will be 10-15% more efficient than Airbus and Boeing aircraft in the same class and it will have a 15% structural weight efficiency advantage, 20% lower operating costs, and 15% lower fuel consumption than the Airbus A320 with an initial target price of 35 Million.
Irkut is developing the MC-21 with variants that range from 150 to 210 passenger seats. First flight is planned for 2015 and entry in service by 2017.
Recently, Pratt & Whitney and Irkut Corp. signed an agreement to offer the PW1400G engine on Irkut’s MC-21 family of aircraft. It will be the only western powerplant offered on the new narrowbody program.
Author: Capt. Ivan