Industry Second Irkut MC-21-300 joins flight test program

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The second MC-21-300 has successfully completed its maiden flight at the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

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The duration of the flight was 1 hour 7 minutes at an altitude of 3000 meters at a speed of up to 400 km per hour.

The flight program included testing the aircraft for stability and controllability of various wing configurations with retracting and extension of landing gear, as well as testing the on-board equipment.

The plane was piloted by the crew of the test pilots Vasily Sevastyanov and Andrey Voropayev.

Acting Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said:  "The flight of the second aircraft is a significant event that will ensure the timely conduct of flight certification tests." The Minister said that today, three MC-21-300 aircraft are taking part in the test program: two of them fly, one passes static tests. “In addition, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant is building three more test aircraft. In parallel with the flight and static tests, active preparations are being held for the deployment of serial production of the new airliner.”

On May 28, 2017, the MC-21 made its successful first flight in Irkutsk. The single-aisle jet with a maximum seating capacity for 211 passengers is designed to compete with Europe’s Airbus A320 and Boeing’s B737 Family. In addition to the MC-21-300, Irkutsk plans to develop a smaller -200 version with a maximum capacity for 165 passengers. The entry into service is scheduled for 2020. Until now, Irkutsk has received 205 orders from mostly Russian airlines. With 50 ordered MC-21-300, Aeroflot will become the largest airline operating the new type. The only two non-Russian orders for the jet are from Cairo Aviation and Azerbaijan Airlines.

Irkutsk is a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

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