Posted on: 19 July 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Irkut Corporation, part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), unveiled its first cabin mock-up and reported that it has an order for 50 of the type, the customer for which it hopes to be able to announce during the show.
UAC president, Alexey Fedorov, added that the orders are “international”.
Fedorov noted that the MS-21 is the most ambitious project currently being undertaken by UAC. “The aim is to be in the most populated segment of the market – narrowbodies,” he remarked. To that end, around 50% of the $7-8 billion being invested in the programme is planned to come from the government of the Russian Federation, Fedorov reported.
The programme has completed its initial design phase and Irkut plans to firm up the design towards the end of next year before beginning assembly of the first prototype in 2012. First flight is planned for 2014 with entry into service (EIS) in 2016.
The cabin mock-up has six-abreast economy seating with a four-abreast premium class. Each seat in the mock-up has an inflight entertainment screen supplied by Sigma Aerospace.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net