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Russia's MS-21 Rolls Out to Compete with Airbus

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev unveils the Irkut MC-21
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev unveils the Irkut MC-21

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was on hand to unveil the first medium range airler to be produced in Russia in more than a decade. Billed as the "Airliner of the 21st Century", the new Irkut MC-21 passenger aircraft will also be delivered with Russian engines will be delivered to customers starting 2019, according to the Head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar.

The MC-21 will also receive government support via subsidies and direct efforts to help with market promotion. The unveiling ceremony in Irkutsk on Wednesday, was keynoted by Mr. Medvedev. The Russian Prime Minster told reporters at the rollout ceremony he believes "demand for new aircraft MS-21 will rise as soon as it flies. Medvedev visited a final Assembly shop MS-21 at the Irkutsk aviation plant before the rollout ceremony for the plane.The plans for the MC-21 show specifications that are 10-15% more efficient than Airbus and Boeing aircraft in the same class, and a the aircraft appears to have a 15% structural weight efficiency advantage, 20% lower operating costs, and 15% lower fuel consumption than the Airbus A320, which some experts are saying is the main competition of the Russian program. 

Mock-up of the MS-21 cabin (CC)

The Russian PD-14 engine suggested for use in the MC-21, is developed by the United Engine Corporation (UEC), and is the first Russian engine in the last few decades. The first MC-21 aircraft will be equipped with American PW1400G engines, while later models will be delivered either with Russian or American engines, depending on the customers’ wishes. So far, there are already in excess of 250 orders for the new aircraft.