Irkut said that while it is hopeful it will increase the number of MC-21 aircraft sold by the end of the year, it will hold off on “real, aggressive” marketing until assembly of the first aircraft. The maiden flight is scheduled for mid-2015. The Russian aircraft manufacturer currently has contracts and agreements for 256 MC-21-300 and MC-21-200 aircraft, 185 of which are firm with options. The aircraft has two engine options; the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1400G and the ...

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