Moscow - On May 13, the third MC-21-300 prototype made its first flight with a full passenger cabin from Ulyanovsk to Ramenskoye airport in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
The third MC-21-300 prototype (MSN 73054) made its maiden flight in March this year and it is easily distinguishable from the other two test aircraft with its corporate color scheme featuring a big ‘003’ located in the rear fuselage.
The MSN 73054 is the first prototype fitted with a passenger cabin. The manufacturer will display the aircraft at the MAKS-2019 Air Show in Moscow this year.
The arrival of the third test aircraft will accelerate the certification campaign of the Irkut's MC-21. The plane will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW1400G engines, and will initially be certified in Russia in 2020. Irkut's single-aisle jet is expected to receive EASA certification in 2021.
Russian manufacturer will offer PD-14 engines of the Russian manufacturer Aviadvigatel to its customers as an option from 2022.
The MC-21-300 is designed to carry up to 210 passengers with a flight range up to 6,000 km (3240 nmi). The aircraft is intended to compete with the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Chinese Comac C919, another single-aisle plane, which is also under a certification campaign.