ZHUKOVSKY (outside Moscow) (Sputnik) — The number of solid orders for MC-21 passenger aircraft has grown to 205 units, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.
"We discussed separately the program to stimulate the purchase of MC-21 aircraft. By the way, I want to remind you that as of today the number of firm orders has changed from 175 to 205 aircraft, this is a firm order," Rogozin told reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS-2017 air show.
The MC-21 is a twin-engine short-and mid-range airliner with a capacity of 150-212 passengers. The presentation of the aircraft took place in June 2016 in the Russian city of Irkutsk. The plane’s maiden flight was on May 28, followed by a series of test flights in June.
The overall volume of sales for the MC-21 is expected to amount to 1,000 aircraft by 2037, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in May. The new planes have already been ordered by Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and Egypt's KATO Investment company. Additionally, the Tanzanian flag carrier has expressed interest in purchasing the aircraft.