Russia’s new MC-21 airliner made its first flight in Irkutsk, Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin reported May 28, aviationweek reported.
It is the first Russian-made narrow body commercial passenger aircraft designed in the post-Soviet era.
The program was launched in 2007 and is headed by Irkut Corp., a subsidiary of Russia’s government-owned aircraft holding — United Aircraft Corp.
The MC-21-300 prototype was rolled out almost a year ago, in early June 2016. The MC-21-300 variant has maximum takeoff.
Russia has said the MS-21, its first post-Soviet mainline passenger plane, is superior to its Western-made counterparts will be sold to both Russian and foreign carriers.
The new MC-21 medium-haul passenger jet that it hopes will revive its troubled civil aviation industry and challenge giants Airbus and Boeing.
The jet was piloted by two of the country’s most decorated test pilots, Oleg Kononenko and Roman Taskayev.
Kononenko, who has been awarded the Hero of Russia medal, said that the “flight assignment was completed fully” and the “flight went normally.”