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Russian MS-21 NB Approach 200 Commitment  
User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5094 posts, RR: 48
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Expected EIS is 2016, with design freeze in 2012 and the first flight in 2014. It is expected to cost $6.3 billion, and will have a composite wing.

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User currently offlineAesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 8799 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Interesting. Most of the orders seem to be Russian, but this in fact is a good thing for the plane, because they're more likely to materialize, and the manufacturer has to start from home. Then the plane can prove itself, and an international maintenance network be established, should it gain interest from other countries.

Another interesting point is that only the wing will be composite, meaning either that a composite fuselage is too difficult to produce for Irkut, or that it doesn't provide a significant gain (as has already been argued for Boeing and Airbus future narrowbodies).

Finaly, about the Russian powerplant, could someone in the know answer this : are they capable of matching (or approaching) western engines ? I'm pretty sure Chinese manufacturers aren't.

[Edited 2010-10-29 17:23:06]

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