MС-21 in the livery of Rossiya Airlines landed in Zhukovsky to prepare for joint pilot operation
The experimental MC-21 aircraft of Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation), previously painted in the livery of Rossiya Airlines (Aeroflot Group), has arrived at Flight Test and Development Complex of Yakovlev Design Bureau, where it will be prepared for joint pilot operation.
As part of the MC-21 joint pilot operation program, Irkut Corporation and Rossiya Airlines plan to train command and instructor personnel and instructor pilots, gain experience in air transportation on standard airliner routes, and also work out operating procedures.
In total, three experimental MC-21 aircraft will take part in the program, which will be based at the Ramenskoye airfield, where Flight Test and Development Complex of Yakovlev Design Bureau is located.
The pilot operation program is currently being coordinated with the relevant federal agencies. At the first stage, piloting will be carried out by test pilots of the Yakovlev Design Bureau.
MC-21 is a new generation medium-haul passenger aircraft with a capacity of 163 to 211 passengers. The airliner is focused on the most demanded segment of the passenger transportation market. MC-21 is manufactured according to the latest developments in the field of aircraft construction. Advanced aerodynamics, engines and avionics of the latest generation provide high flight performance and reduced operating costs compared to analogues. Aerodynamic perfection of the aircraft is achieved with a wing of greater aspect ratio made of composite materials. Engines with a high bypass ratio PD-14 are distinguished by low fuel consumption, reduced noise levels and emissions. The widest fuselage in its class provides more personal space for passengers.