June 6, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– rg.ru, translated by Tom Winter –
|“All systems GO” for first production model of the MS-21|
The Irkutsk Aviation Plant is planning to begin serial production of the new passenger airliner MS-21 within two years. This was reported to RIA Novosti by Alexander Veprev, general director of the aviation concern.
According to the production program of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, by 2020 there will be 20 planes per year coming from its production line. A production pace of 70 per year is envisaged by 2023.
MS-21 is the latest development of Russian passenger aircraft. The airliner can take 150-211 passengers. It is expected that it will become a direct competitor to the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 on domestic and international lines.
The first flight of the МС-21 was made on May 28th. The results of the tests were evaluated by experts as successful.