Farnborough Air Show

Commercial Support For The Irkut MC-21

 - July 8, 2012, 2:25 AM

Irkut’s business plan for its MC-21 narrowbody jetliner calls for a total of 1,200 aircraft to be produced, including 257 delivered by 2022, of which 30 percent would be for the Russian domestic market. As of May, Irkut had garnered orders and commitments for 190 airplanes.

Crecom Burj Resources of Malaysia became the launch customer for the program at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow by signing a firm order for 50 airplanes. In 2011, Aviacapital Service (ACS), the leasing arm of the Russian Technologies State Corporation, signed for 35 MC-21-300s and 15 MC-21-200s. At catalog prices, this deal would be worth $3.8 billion, not including options for 35 additional aircraft.

Ilyushin Finance has signed for 28 firms orders and 22 options. On the eve of this year’s Farnborough show the leasing group’s general manager, Alexander Routsov, told AIN that IFC has yet to specify which engines will power its MC-21s. He indicated that the company’s inclination is to support Russia’s Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine, “provided their prices are generous, coming with appropriate OEM support and guarantees.”