03:18 GMT08 March 2021
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    Russia's Irkut aircraft manufacturer has posted the first video of a direct flight by its MS-21-300 airliner from Irkutsk to Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airfield.

    Upon arriving in Ulyanovsk, the plane will be repainted before travelling to Ramenskoye Airfield in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow for further tests.

    The brand-new Russian passenger craft is designed to transport up to 211 people over a distance of 6,400 kilometres.

    The aircraft took its maiden flight in May 2017. At present, the plane has a number of western-made components, including US PW1000G airplane engines, however, the manufacturer is planning to replace them with Russian-made parts soon.


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