[UPDATE: The MC-21 orders that are intended for Aeroflot would be provided under a leasing deal via the UAC’s Rostehnologii. A total of 85 orders are booked of which 35 are slated for Government VIP service with those powered with the PD-14. All other MC-21’s are assumed to be powered by the PW1400G including additional aircraft for Aeroflot.]
Irkut completed assembly of the fuselage of the first MC-21-300 prototype. The next stage will see the attachment of the composite wing produced by Aerocomposit in Ulyanovsk, to the fuselage.
Irkut previously announced it was planning to roll out its MC-21 prototype in 2015 to be ready for the maiden flight scheduled for second quarter of 2016. Russian certification is slated for 2017 with EASA in 2018, which when EIS is also planned. Russia’s Red Wings is the launch customer. To date Irkut has 300 orders for the MC-21.
The first aircraft will use Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G-JM. Operators will also be able to select the Russian United Engine Corporation (Aviadvigatel) built PD-14. This engine started flight testing on October 24. The 35 Aeroflot MC-21s on order will be using the PD-14.