MC-21: Newest Russian Narrow-Body Aircraft

On Wednesday, June 8, six years after program launch, the first prototype of Russia’s new generation MC-21 narrow-body was officially rolled out at Irkut Corporation’s plant in Irkutsk. The aircraft’s maiden flight is exspected to take place in 2017.

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Irkut MC-21 Specifications and modifications

  • МС-21-300 is designed for 163 to 211 passengers.
  • МС-21-200 is designed for 132 to 165 passengers. Its fuselage is 8.5 m shorter than the MC-21-300’s, it will have the MTOW of 72,560 kg and range of 6400 km. The design documentation for this version is currently elaborated by Yakovlev Engineering Center.
MC-21-200 MC-21-300
Standard two-class configuration, No of seats 132 (С12+Y120) 163(C16+Y147)
Max. number of seat configuration, No of seats 165 (29-28” pitch) 211 (29-28” pitch)
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW), kg 72,560 79,250
Maximum landing weight, (MLW), kg 63,100 69,100
Maximum payload, kg 18,900 22,600
Maximum fuel, kg 20,400 20,400
Maximum two-class configuration range, km 6,400 6,000
The total volume of the cargo compartments, m3 34 49
Aircraft length, m 33,8 42,3
Wingspan, m 35,9 35,9
Height, m 11,5 11,5
Fuselage width, m 4,06 4,06
Maximum passenger cabin width, m 3,81 3,81

New Generation Medium-haul Aircraft Performance Comparison

Irkut
МС-21-300

Boeing
737-8MAX

Airbus
A320neo

Comac
C919

Length, m 42,3 39,5 37,6 38,9
Wing Span, m 35,9 35,9 35,8 35,8
Engines 2 х PW1400G-JM 2 х CFM LEAP-1B 2 х PW1100G-JM 2 х CFM LEAP-1C
Maximum Range, km 6000 6500 6500 4075
MTOW, kg 79250 82190 79000 77300
Seats
(two-class
configuration)
163 162 165 156

Engines

PW1400 engines for MC-21

PW1400 engines at Irkutsk Aviation Plant

The first prototype is equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G engines, freshly certified by the FAA in May this year. Russian certification of the MC-21-300 with the PW1400 is scheduled for 2018 with the EASA certification to follow in 2019. The PW1431G model with 14.1 ton nominal thrust is designed for the MC-21-300. The serial production of the PW1400G series will be launched by April 2017.

PD-14 engine for mc-21

PD-14 engine on the test bench

An alternative powerplant for the aircraft is the Russian-made PD-14. The 12-14 ton thrust PD-14/14A will power the MC-21-300 and -200 versions. UEC has already landed a contract for at least 35 such powerplants, to be mounted on Aeroflot’s MC-21s. The engine’s Russian certification is set for the spring of 2017, to be followed by EASA certification in 2018. The model is being developed by UEC subsidiary – Perm-based Aviadvigatel and will enter series production at Perm Motors, which is planning to be building 40 engines per year by 2025 and 50 annually by 2030.

Orders

Irkut’s backlog for the MC-21 has 175 firm orders from:

  • Avia Capital Services (85 aircraft, including 50 for Aeroflot)
  • Ilyushin Finance Co. (50 aircraft),
  • VEB-Leasing (30 aircraft)
  • IrAero Airlines (10 aircraft)

There are also Letters of Intent for over 100 aircraft in place.

MC-21 production plant at Irkutsk Aviation Plant

Photos by Leonid Faerberg / transport-photo.com

MC-21 news and insights

EASA flight test team joins Russia’s MC-21 certification trials

EASA flight test team joins Russia’s MC-21 certification trials

Russia is working on advanced MC-21 European certification
Russian engine for the MC-21 airliner passes icing tests

Russian engine for the MC-21 airliner passes icing tests

PD-14 is poised to win Russian type certificate in the coming weeks
MC-21 aircraft passes tests for night landings

MC-21 aircraft passes tests for night landings

Navigation, landing and exterior lighting equipment all performed as expected
Russia's MC-21-300 will be less expensive than western counterparts

Russia's MC-21-300 will be less expensive than western counterparts

The new Russian narrow-body’s list price is set at US$96.1 million
Aeroflot to buy back shares from dissenting shareholders

Aeroflot to buy back shares from dissenting shareholders

The airline is to spend 7.04 billion rubles buying back its shares from those holders who did not approve the MC-21 deal
INSIGHT: Review of United Aircraft Corporation’s commercial projects

INSIGHT: Review of United Aircraft Corporation’s commercial projects

Russia's UAC estimates its share of the global 80-120-seat regional jet market is 37.5 per cent
Second MC-21 prototype is transferred to Zhukovsky

Second MC-21 prototype is transferred to Zhukovsky

Aircraft switches from Irkutsk to continue the project’s test programme
Peruvian airline signs LoI for 20 Russian SSJ100 and MC-21 aircraft

Peruvian airline signs LoI for 20 Russian SSJ100 and MC-21 aircraft

The carrier plans to launch a new subsidiary to operate Russian-made aircraft after 2020
PHOTO: MC-21’s second flight-capable prototype receives new colour scheme

PHOTO: MC-21’s second flight-capable prototype receives new colour scheme

It offers a demonstration of the airframe surface’s high quality
Russo-Italian JV to launch MRO centre in Moscow

Russo-Italian JV to launch MRO centre in Moscow

Atitech signs an agreement with Rostec for a maintenance centre for western-built aircraft as well for Russia’s MC-21s, SSJ100s
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