The MC-21 is a next-generation family of passenger airplanes geared towards the most massive segment of the global airline market. MC-21-300 (160-211 seats) and MC-21-200 (130-176 seats) airplanes are currently being developed under the design and production program. The use of advanced engineering concepts in the fields of aerodynamics and engine production, installation of the latest aircraft systems and implementation of new solutions to achieve a higher level of passenger comfort give these airplanes an edge over their rivals – both current and future.
Closely following the program’s implementation schedule, PJSC Irkut Corporation plans to complete initial airplanes for testing and launch deliveries within the timeframes set in the respective delivery contracts.
The introduction of innovative engineering concepts is poised to garner the MC-21 the best performance rating among airplanes of its class. The MC-21 will stand out from its counterparts due to its: reduced empty weight achieved through the use of composite materials and advanced metal alloys, combined with the introduction of next-generation airborne systems; more refined aerodynamics; and the use of an advanced engine. These and other improvements will enable a substantial reduction in fuel consumption compared to similar airplanes.
A customer-focused product development approach was implemented in the MC-21’s design process. It involves the engagement of potential customers in the airplane design process as early as possible in the project.
Due to the increased diameter of the MC-21 fuselage, airlines will be able to adjust the “seat width/aisle width” ratio to their needs in an optimal way. Airlines specializing in long-haul transportation will be able to offer passengers more comfort. Charter carriers and low-cost airlines will be able to reduce airport turnaround times due to the wide aisle. The larger fuselage diameter will also enable an increase in baggage rack space and the underfloor baggage compartment area.
Airplanes in the MC-21 family will meet all of the environmental-protection standards expected to be introduced in the future. It was determined that the cumulative level of perceived aircraft noise according to three-point measurements would have a margin of at least 15 EPNdB under the standard of the currently effective ICAO Chapter 4. Engine emission performance should satisfy the requirements of ICAO CAEP 6 by a 50% margin. The MC-21 will release 15-25% fewer CO2 emissions into the atmosphere per passenger seat than other airplanes operated today.
The ultimate operating-cost efficiency, international certification in accordance with the requirements of IAC AR, EASA and FAA, as well as the customized logistics support and supervision throughout service life to be provided under the program, will make this airplane a desirable product – both for Russian and international operators.
The MC-21 offers passengers a unique level of comfort while reducing flight fatigue due to the following features:
The cabin environment has been improved by:
|wing span (m)||35.9|
|aircraft length (m)||36.8||42.3|
|aircraft height (m)||11.5|
|total volume of cargo compartments (m3)||31.1||48|
|fuselage width (m)||4.06|
|maximum passenger cabin width (m)||3.81|
|maximum takeoff weight (kg)||72,39||79,25|
|maximum landing weight (kg)||61,65||69,1|
|maximum payload (kg)||17,56||22,6|
|maximum fuel uplift (kg)||20,4|
|maximum range with dual-class cabin layout (km)||6000||5900|
|typical 2-class layout (seats)||135||163|