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Video: Third prototype of Irkut MC-21 takes off

Moscow - The third prototype of the Irkut MC-21 flew for the first time on March 16. The Russian-made aircraft completed a ninety-minute test flight with success. This is the first MC-21 that is equipped with a passenger cabin.

The Irkut Corporation prepares to introduce the aircraft during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Show in Moscow, which will be held from August 27 to September 1st. It will be the first public presentation of the Russian single-aisle jetliner.

This year, a fourth prototype is also expected to make its maiden flight as part of the certification program of the aircraft. The Russian manufacturer also plans to start serial production later this year.

The MC-21 is intended to compete with the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. The aircraft will have a flight range of 6,000 kilometers (3728 nmi) and will be able to accommodate from 130 to 220 passengers depending on the cabin configuration preferences of the operators.

The plane is powered by two Russian-made Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines, but the PW1400G from the American manufacturer Pratt & Whitney will be offered as an option. The aircraft will be significantly cheaper than the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX according to the Russian aircraft manufacturer.