The Sky’s the Limit: New Russian Plane Set to Compete With Boeing, Airbus

The Sky’s the Limit: New Russian Plane Set to Compete With Boeing, Airbus

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The new MS-21 twin-engine jet airliner, which was recently introduced by the Irkut Corporation and Yakovlev Design Bureau, has a number of advantages that may allow it to successfully compete with Boeing and Airbus.

Despite the fact that some experts claim that the new airliner doesn’t stand a chance against the production of the US and European aircraft manufacturers, it is way too early to early to make such assumptions, according to Japanese Business Press.
The newspaper points out that the MS-21 has three distinct advantages that may allow it to succeed at the global market.

The plane’s thick fuselage makes the MS-21’s passenger compartment 11 centimeters (about 4.5 inches) wider than that of the A320, which may appeal to people who take long-distance flights. Also, the plane’s fuselage is being manufactured and assembled in Russia, and its wings are made of a carbon fiber composite material, which helps drastically reduce the plane’s price.

Furthermore, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant that manufactures MS-21 also produces parts for A320, so the quality of components used in the Russian aircraft should be on par with those of Airbus; and the price of the MS-21 is also about 15 percent lower than that of an Airbus aircraft, the newspaper adds.

    “Therefore, in terms of quality, MS-21 is close to Boeing and Airbus aircrafts. Its composite wing has a serious advantage over wings of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, which are made of conventional aluminum alloy; and the Russian aircraft has a rather competitive price. Despite such disadvantages as the lack of an actual track record and client support, MS-21 definitely has a chance to succeed,” the author concludes.

While at this time the Irkutsk plant can only manufacture approximately 5-10 aircraft a month, which cannot compare to the sheer production volume of Boeing and Airbus, the Russian company has pretty good odds at securing its niche at the global market as the third-largest plane manufacturer worldwide.

However, in order to do so, the company has to sell its aircraft all over the world and not just in Russia and the former Soviet republics, Japanese Business Press concludes.

The MS-21 is a twin-engine short- and mid-range airliner with a capacity for 150-212 passengers. The first planes in the new series are set to be delivered in the end of 2018. The presentation of the aircraft took place on June 8 in the Russian city of Irkutsk.

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  • uhm

    Both Russia and China can easily compete or better western aircraft! The real problem is the monopoly as the West doesn’t allow competing foreign aircraft in its airspace. This is not only about profit for Airbus and Boeing but it’s also so only the West has the ability of using remote controlled flying drones over its skies. Now only NATO can commit acts of terrorism with aircraft upon both Europeans and Americans whilst blaming it all upon Arabs or other false-flags for NATO state-sponsored terrorism operations. All Airbus and Boeing aircraft can be fully remote controlled using the Honeywell uninterrupted autopilot systems utilizing the KU microwave band. These remote systems have been present on commercial western aircraft for near thirty years but of course they were hidden from public knowledge. My advice would be to only fly on Superjet, MS-21, Comec and keep well clear of Boeing and Airbus especially on symbolic dates. The future is Russia, China, BRICS New Development Bank and the AIIB! Please now go and demand your government joins the BRICS!

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