Moscow - United Aircraft Corporation subsidiary Ilyushin has conveyed the first flight-test airframe of IL-96-400M aircraft to the final assembly line.
The airframe will stay on the manufacturer's final assembly line until it will be fitted with the passenger cabin and flight control systems.
Fuselage parts, including the wing structure of the aircraft, are already installed.
IL-96-400M is a four-engined long-haul wide-body jet based on its predecessor IL-96. The aircraft has a longer fuselage with more powerful Russian-made Aviadvigatel PS-90A1 engines fitted, instead of the PS-90A used in the previous version.
Due to the usage of modern systems and the “glass cockpit,” the flight crew of the aircraft will consist of three pilots, the company says.
Thanks to the new composite material used in the production, IL-96-400M will be lighter and more fuel-efficient than the IL 96.
The Russian planemaker aims to finish the assembly of the aircraft by the end of this year before starting the ground test. IL-96-400M is expected to conduct its first test flight in 2021.
“Work on the program for creating the new Il-96-400M is on schedule,” United Aircraft’s transport aviation division chief Yuri Grudnin said.
IL-96-400M will be offered to the market with three different cabin configuration options – a three-class 305-seat layout, a 350-seat two-class layout, and a high-density 402-seat all-economy configuration for the charter market.
According to the manufacturer, the aircraft will be produced from Russian-made components and will meet current and future requirements of global civil aviation regulators.