Irkut MC-21-300 makes its first international flight to Istanbul


Istanbul, Turkey - Russia's new narrowbody jetliner Irkut MC-21-300, has carried out its first international flight.

The aircraft, which took off from the Zhukovsky International Airport near Moscow on Sept. 16 and landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport after a three and a half hour flight.

The flight was normal. The aircraft and its systems have performed well during the flight. For the first time a part of our route was over the sea,

pilot in command Vasiliy Sevastyanov said.

The aircraft will be on display at the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival that will be held from 17 to 22 Sept. in Istanbul.

The visitors will able to have a close look at the Irkut's MC-21-300 including the cabin interior. The MC-21-300 will also make a flight demonstration as a part of the festival program.


MC-21-300 Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Other Russian-made planes will also be showcased at the aviation event, including the Beriev Be-200ES firefighting airplane, the Su-35C fighter jet, and the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ-00) passenger plane.

Irkut MC-21-300 made its public debut at the MAKS-2019 last month in Moscow.

The aircraft is intended to compete with the Boeing's 737 MAX and Airbus's A320neo. The Russian-made passenger jet is currently under a test campaign and is expected to receive its airworthiness certification from both Russian and European civil aviation regulators next year.