New Russian passenger plane MS-21 made its maiden flight with landing gear retracted

MOSCOW, June 19. /TASS/. New Russian passenger plane MS-21-300 has made on Monday next flight according to the program of factory flight tests with the landing gear retracted. About it reported in a press release, the Corporation “Irkut”.

“Today we took an important step forward: the MS-21 aircraft made its maiden flight, which carried out cleaning and landing gear. It allows you to start practicing new, more complex modes of flight tests”, – the press service quoted the words of the President of “Irkut” Oleg Demchenko.

New Russian passenger short and medium-haul narrow-body aircraft MS-21 (“bulk plane of the XXI century”) made its first flight on may 28, 2017, which also took place at the airfield of the Irkutsk aviation plant. The flight duration was half an hour, a height of 1 thousand meters, the speed of 300 km/h.

It is planned to produce two versions of the aircraft – MS-21-200 and MS-21-300. Machine variants differ only in the capacity of: MS-21-300 is designed for the number of passengers from 163 to 211, and MS-21-200 – from 132 to 165.

At the moment the portfolio of orders for MS-21 aircraft is 285, of which 175 cars signed solid (provincialnye) contracts, and a further 110 aircraft reached a preliminary agreement and signed the framework agreement. The largest customer was the airline “Aeroflot” which plans to buy 50 MS-21. There is also a binding contract with Crecom Burj Indonesian Berthad for the delivery of 25 aircraft and an option for 25 cars, an agreement with the Egyptian Cairo Aviation for the supply of six aircraft and an option for four cars. Interest in the aircraft shows the national airline of Tanzania, Air Tanzania, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

According to the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, Russia can supply up to 1 thousand of the latest domestic aircraft until 2037.