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

The first MC-21-300 fitted with a passenger cabin joins flight tests

The first MC-21-300 fitted with a passenger cabin joins flight tests

The third flight test aircraft has arrived at Zhukovsky after painting
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation to create a civil aviation division

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation to create a civil aviation division

The dedicated civil aviation division is to be headed by Ravil Khakimov
UAC creates MC-21 spare parts inventory to guard against further sanctions

UAC creates MC-21 spare parts inventory to guard against further sanctions

Russian-made replacements have been designed for composite parts of the wing
Red Wings scraps its Airbus A220 order and retires its Tupolev Tu-204s

Red Wings scraps its Airbus A220 order and retires its Tupolev Tu-204s

The Russian state-controlled carrier will have an all-Airbus A320 fleet ahead of the arrival of the MC-21
A third MC-21 prototype to join the flight test programme

A third MC-21 prototype to join the flight test programme

The aircraft is the first to be fitted with a passenger cabin and will be premiered at MAKS-2019 August air show
LCC Pobeda advised to consider replacing its 737MAX order with Russia’s MC-21

LCC Pobeda advised to consider replacing its 737MAX order with Russia’s MC-21

The Russian government is loath to approve the Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary’s purchase of 30 737MAXs
Irkut to build an additional MC-21 prototype to test its Russian engines

Irkut to build an additional MC-21 prototype to test its Russian engines

The first serially produced MC-21-300 will be modified specifically for PD-14 engine testing
EASA test team completes the initial session of MC-21 certification flights

EASA test team completes the initial session of MC-21 certification flights

Behaviour of the Russia’s advanced narrow-body twin jet was evaluated in various modes
Russian government allocates an additional 10.5 billion roubles for the MC-21 project

Russian government allocates an additional 10.5 billion roubles for the MC-21 project

Replacement of foreign-made components with Russian substitutes on MC-21 is on the agenda
PHOTO: Irkut rolls out its third flying prototype of the MC-21

PHOTO: Irkut rolls out its third flying prototype of the MC-21

The aircraft is scheduled to take to the air in March 2019
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