KRASNODAR, December 29. / TASS /. Deliveries of the MC-21 aircraft to commercial operators are expected to begin in Q3 2022, after the aircraft receives an extended type certificate, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told reporters on Wednesday.
“This is the end of the second – the beginning of the third quarter of next year, when we expect to receive an annex to the type certificate. At that time, we will already provide [MC-21 aircraft] to the first commercial operators, in particular the Rossiya airline, ”Manturov said, adding that these would already be aircraft with the Russian composite wing.
The minister said that a Russian version of the aircraft and a version with components manufactured abroad will be produced, “depending on how we further develop our supplies.”
“First of all, it concerns foreign markets, so that consumers have the choice in which modification it will be more convenient for them to buy our aircraft”, explained the minister.
On Tuesday, Manturov announced that the MC-21 had received a basic type certificate and that next year the certificate would be amended to allow the use of the Russian composite wing and the PD-14 engine in the aircraft. . Basic certification assumes the use of an American Pratt & Whitney engine (PW140) and a wing made of foreign materials.
The MC-21-300 mid-range aircraft was developed by the Irkut Corporation, which is part of the United Aircraft Corporation controlled by Rostec.