Russia to Begin Serial Production of MS-21 Airliner in 2017
The test prototype of the MS-21 airliner will be manufactured before the end of 2015, the first flight will be made in the first half of 2016, and the airliner will go into production in 2017. These statements were made by Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov.
“The MS-21 program is being implemented according to schedule. The production line will be constructed in late May 2015. This makes us confident that the first prototype of the aircraft will be ready next year. Active efforts are being made to substitute imported materials and systems in the new aircraft with Russian-made products. We are developing the PD-14 engine, advanced aircraft systems and airborne equipment,” Mr. Manturov said.
“The market outlook for the MS-21 demand is optimistic. The interest in purchasing the aircraft is strong. The competitive price advantage has increased. The contracts have been signed and advance payments made for as many as 175 aircraft. We are planning to obtain the IAC certificate in late 2017 – early 2018,” Mr. Manturov concluded.