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MS-21 aircrafts found buyers
At the MAKS-2019 air show, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) signed agreements for the supply of 20 MS-21 aircraft, which Irkut will produce. According to the head of the civil division Ravil Khakimov, the MS-21 will be 20% cheaper than Boeing and Airbus of a similar class.
As the Kommersant, the regional airline Bek Air from Kazakhstan is going to acquire ten aircraft, five more - the airline "Yakutia". It is not known with whom agreements were signed for another five aircraft.
Today, the MS-21 is undergoing certification testing. So far, three cars have been assembled. The first deliveries of the aircraft are planned for the second half of the 2021 year.
This year, the Russian government allocated from the federal budget 1,58 billion to subsidize costs associated with the creation, production, sale and maintenance of aircraft of the MS-21 family. Due to the termination of the supply of composite materials from the United States, the completion of the project was decided shift for a year.