Authorized representatives of «AVIAHELP GROUP» JSC, the biggest Russian independent supplier of aviation equipment, have taken part in the Ceremony of rolling out of the first aircraft MC-21-300, made for flight-testing.
This event took place on June 8 at Irkut Corporation’s plant in Irkutsk.
The ceremony of rolling out was opened by Oleg Demchenko, President of «Corporation Irkut» JSC and Russian Prime-Minister Dmitriy Medvedev.
The aircraft became the first prototype of Russia’s new generation MC-21 narrow-body, having made by «Corporation Irkut» JSC.
The first flight of MC-21 will take place in the period from December 2016 to February 2017, by results of ground tests on the flight test station.
Getting a national type certificate and the first supply of the aircraft to the client are planned at the end of 2018.
Aeroflot airline will become the first air-operator of MC-21. As it is expected, these aircrafts will not only replace TU-154 and TU-204 but as well will compete with Airbus A 320 and Boeing 737.
«For many years AVIAHELP has not just been taking part in the biggest Russian aviation programs, Ekaterina Savelyeva, the General Director of «AVIAHELP GROUP» JSC noticed. Today we have as well been taking an active part in the creation of conditions for successful realization of these programs. For example, together with the Russian Association of service companies of the aviation market, «Сorporation Irkut» JSC and other leading Russian aviation market players, we are involved in the full-scale exchange of defective aviation spares. We are sure that the result of this collaboration will allow us to strengthen the economic attractiveness of maintaining airworthiness, including aircrafts MC-21 in Russia, even more increasing the attractiveness of these aircrafts in the eyes of potential buyers».