Now Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. has introduced its new entrant: the Irkut MC-21. The MC-21 has been teased for several years. On Wednesday, UAC finally unveiled the production variant of the airliner in a ceremony at the plane’s Irkutsk factory. The event was attended by such dignitaries as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
In addition to the Russians, China’s Comac has rolled out the C919, Brazil’s Embraer has introduced the E-Jet E2, Japan’s Mitsubishi introduced its new Regional Jet, and Canada’s Bombardier C Series is set to enter service in July.
The Irkut MC-21 is the first built-from-scratch Russian airliner to enter the medium-haul market in more than 20 years.
So far, Irkut has 175 firm orders for the MC-21.
Source: Airways News