We have been working on improving our understanding of this new aircraft. The MC-21 is the second aircraft to emerge from Russia’s UAC after the Superjet. The Superjet has made a niche for itself in western markets, specifically Europe and Mexico. This success has encouraged interest in China and Iran.
The MC-21 is a far more ambitious project. Originally the program was envisaged to have a family of three models. With a need to replace aging TU-134, TU-154 and YAK-42s, 134 the MC-21 is an aircraft Russia needed. The family approach was a -100, -200 and -300 with seating from 116 to 174. The current focus is on the -200 and -300. A -400 is under consideration while the -100 has been dropped.