Industry Aeroflot signs firm order for 50 leased Irkut MC-21

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Aeroflot will become the largest customer for the latest Russian-built medium-range aircraft, the MC-21. The contract for 50 of the passenger aircraft was signed between Aeroflot and Rostec.

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Under the firm order, Rostec leasing subsidiary Aviacapital-Service will supply Aeroflot with 50 MC-21-300 aircraft on operating leases. Aeroflot will thus become the largest Russian leasor of the latest Russian-built aircraft. The leasing payments and reserves for maintenance will total more than USD 5 billion. 

The aircraft will be configured for Aeroflot to carry 169 passengers, with 16 business-class and 153 economy-class seats. In the first phase of the contract the aircraft will be delivered with engines produced outside Russia. From the 26th aircraft Aeroflot has the option to receive aircraft with new Russian-built PD-14 engines, which are currently undergoing certification testing.

The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Aeroflot in the first quarter of 2020, with the order planned to be completely fulfilled by 2026. Each aircraft will be leased for a term of 12 years, with the option of two-year extensions on the lease no more than three times. Aeroflot plans to operate the aircraft on both domestic and international routes.

The MC-21 is a medium-haul, narrow-body aircraft produced by Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corp) in cooperation with Russian manufacturers. Several Russian airlines and leasing companies have ordered the aircraft which had its first flight in May 2017. The jet should become the first Russian built aircraft which can compete with Airbus A320 Family, Bombardier’s CSeries and Boeing 737 Family.

Aeroflot’s current short- and medium-haul fleet consists of 75 Airbus A320, 38 A321, 37 Boeing 737-800 and 37 Sukhoi Superjet 100.

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