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Irkut Corporation orders 40 PW1400G engines for its MC-21-300

Moscow, Russia - Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation has ordered 40 PW1400G engines for its MC-21-300 single-aisle jet which is currently under certification campaign.

The estimated value of the order is USD 250 million at list prices.

The first 20 engines will be delivered between 2021and 2023, an then 16 engines in 2022, and four engines in 2023 respectively.

34 engines are intended for the planes that will be delivered to the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot ant the other four for the planes that will be delivered to another Russian carrier Red Wings Airlines.

Irkut has so far registered 175 firm orders for its MS-21 mainly from Russian airline operators. Only foreign customers are Azerbaijan's flag carrier AZAL (10 copies) and Egyptian charter operator Cairo Aviation (6 copies).

As of today, Irkut performs flight tests with three prototypes for the certification of the aircraft. The MC-21-300 with the PW1400G engine option is expected to be certified by the Russian regulator Rosaviatsiya in 2020.

The aircraft will also be offered with PD-14 option from the Russian engine manufacturer Aviadvigatel. The tests with the PD-14 engines will begin early next year.

Irkut MC-21 is intended to compete with the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and China's Comac C919, which is also in the certification process.