Construction of MC-21 customization center to begin in Russia this year

The MC-21 is to enter service next year The facility will create about 100 jobs (Irkut Corporation)

A customization center for Irkut MC-21 passenger jetliners may be built in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Oblast by late 2019. The project is expected to be launched in Q2 2018, and should take up to 18 months to complete, the a source in the regional development corporation told Russian Aviation Insider.

The Port Special Economic Zone (PSEZ) outside Ulyanovsk has been selected as the location for the project for its transport and engineering infrastructure and proximity to Ulyanovsk-Vostochny airport, which is a structural division of the aircraft factory Aviastar-SP.

Irkut is currently in the final stages of designing the customization center. Construction would require over 1 billion rubles ($18 million) in investment, and should create about 100 hi-tech jobs.

The MC-21 is scheduled to enter service in 2019.

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