MC-21: Russian high-tech plane rolls out


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MC-21: Russian high-tech plane rolls out

 

 

 

The much-anticipated MC-21 aircraft, touted to become a direct rival of the Boeing-737 and Airbus 320, has been rolled out for official presentation in Irkutsk, Russia. Serial production of the medium- and short-range passenger jet is planned for 2017.

 

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, the umbrella organization that owns Irkut Corporation - the actual developer of the plane - held an international presentation of the new aircraft on Wednesday. Building the jet reportedly cost 100 billion rubles (approximately US$3.5 billion).

 

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who congratulated the national aircraft industry, as MC-21 became the first Russia’s medium-range passenger aircraft developed this century.

 

“This is a huge victory for our aviation industry and Irkut Corporation, our scientists, designers, engineers and workers,”Medvedev said. “I’m sure this is going to be a good machine, reliable and efficient.”

 

The two-engine MC-21 will be delivered in three basic versions, with passenger capacity ranging from 150 to 211 seats. The range capability of the aircraft will vary from 5,500 to 6,000km (3,400-3,700 miles).

 

The aircraft is being produced with extensive use of composite materials and alloys of aluminum and titanium, making it considerably lighter than its predecessors.

 

The plane will fly with the engines of one of two producers - Russia’s Aviadvigatel (Airengine, City of Perm) PD-14 or American company Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1400G – to order.

 

Both engines have been specifically developed and adapted for the MC-21. The PD-14 (Prospective Engine 2014) will develop into a family of engines to be certified tested on aircraft in 2017.

 

Apart from rivaling the Boeing-737 MAX and Airbus 319 and 320, the MC-21 is set to replace the outgoing domestic Tupolev Tu-134, Tu-154 and Tu-204, and Yakovlev’s Yak-40.

 

Flight tests for the MC-21 are set to begin by the end of 2016 and full certification is expected to be finished by the end of 2017. Beginning in 2020, Irkut Corporation plans to produce 20 MC-21 aircraft per year; increasing the tempo of production to 70 planes in 2023.

 

The corporation already has solid orders for 175 aircraft. The first client to receive MC-21 aircraft in late 2018 will be Aeroflot, which has ordered 50 units.

 

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 It was formerly known in English as MS-21; Russian: МС‑21 "Магистральный Самолёт 21 века" – "Magistralny Samolyot 21 veka" – "Airliner of the 21st Century".

 

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No winglets?  Really?

 

Edit:  Ahh..ok.  Found the answer.  Sorry, it bugged me. :) 

 

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The Russian twinjet will feature composite wings and empennage and an aluminum fuselage. The fuselage is 25 percent wider than that of a 737 and 11 percent wider than an A320, and will still be lighter than either aircraft. The question most often asked about the design, Budaev said, is why the MC-21 doesn’t have winglets, given the design’s emphasis on efficiency. The high-aspect-ratio composite wings obviate the need for them, he said, the same reason the composite Boeing 787 has no winglets.

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2011-11-14/irkut-introduces-ms-21-alternative-airbus-a320neo-and-boeing-737-max

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9,048 B737's as of last month.

7,061 A320's as of last month.

 

Both recently increased production to meet the rising remand for two great airplanes.

 

Good luck....

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3 hours ago, flyingskippy said:

175 orders at rollout and they expect it to rival the 737, the most produce jetliner? I think they have a lot of work to do. 

Business/Marketing 101:

 

If you want to capture a market share, go after the market's largest segment.

 

1 hour ago, DocM said:

9,048 B737's as of last month.

7,061 A320's as of last month.

 

Both recently increased production to meet the rising remand for two great airplanes.

 

Good luck....

B737 has been in production since 1967, A320 - since 1986. Both were introduced literally decades ago, there's no comparison here, and 175 orders is actually a good mark. It's a lot more successful compared to Superjet 100.

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Except that both have been upgraded with modern systems, cockpits, engines and have had aerodynamic upgrades. 

 

Otherwise: it it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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26 minutes ago, DocM said:

Except that both have been upgraded with modern systems, cockpits, engines and have had aerodynamic upgrades. 

 

Otherwise: it it ain't broke, don't fix it.

What I'm trying to say is that it's kinda silly to compare the total numbers produced/ordered of a newly released product with one that's been around for decades. Obviously, the latter will lead in this category by a very wide margin.

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50 minutes ago, DocM said:

Except that both have been upgraded with modern systems, cockpits, engines and have had aerodynamic upgrades. 

 

Otherwise: it it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Since when is competition bad?

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Ok let's take the 737 MAX,  a version of the 737 that is still in development. As of December 2015, they have over 3000 orders....for an aircraft that hasn't even been delivered yet. 

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5 minutes ago, flyingskippy said:

Ok let's take the 737 MAX,  a version of the 737 that is still in development. As of December 2015, they have over 3000 orders....for an aircraft that hasn't even been delivered yet. 

again it's sensible that companies will opt for a proven aircraft (or a variant of it in this case). Plus there is probably a significant cost to switch aircraft manufacturer, as crew, engineers, etc. will have to be retrained for the different aircraft.

 

I think 175 is a good start, it would be interesting to know where these orders come from. I don't expect any western company to choose this over boeing or airbus, but if China gets in on this then maybe it can grab a satisfactory part of the market share.

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8 hours ago, gian said:

I think 175 is a good start

The project costs $4.6 billion.

 

At $81.5 mil per unit average price and 175 orders already placed, the project is already set to generate a revenue of (81.5m * 175) - 4,6B  = $9.6B

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