Toward a Russian-Emirati plane?
Moscow - Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec Corporation, announced the creation of a working group with the United Arab Emirates on the joint production of a commercial aircraft, based on the future single-aisle MC 21-400 that can accommodate up to 250 passengers.
Irkut already evoked by 2035 an MC 21-400, but also -500, -600, -700 and 21X
On November 12, 2017, during the Dubai Air Show, Russian Rostec's CEO Sergey Chemezov said preliminary talks had been initiated between Russia and the United Arab Emirates for the joint production of the new aircraft in the UAE.
"We are going to set up a working group to discuss it further," Sergey Chemezov told Flightglobal after meeting with Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The MC 21-300 now assembled by Irkut, which made its maiden flight in August 2017, can accommodate up to 211 passengers (with a range of 6000 km), or 163 passengers in two classes. The smaller 21-200 version will carry up to 165 passengers (132 in two classes), but with a range of 6400 km. Irkut had already evoked by 2035 an MC 21-400, but also -500, -600, -700 and 21X always bigger.
Rostec's presence at the Dubai show is mainly focused on military hardware, with Sukhoi SU-35S as the star, which could be commissioned by the United Arab Emirates.