Irkut’s Corp.’s second MC-21-300 prototype performed a flight painted in a new color July 11. “The white color was selected for painting the second aircraft to demonstrate high quality of airframe surface and precision of joints of fuselage sections,” Irkut said in a statement.

The flight that flew from the Russian manufacturer’s Irkutsk airfield lasted 3 hr. 7 min. “The flight task included checking of aircraft systems and taking aerodynamic corrections for the air-speed parameters measurement system. The aircraft reached an altitude of 9,000 meters (29,527 ft.). All systems operated normally,” Irkut added.

The second MC-21-300 prototype joined the test program May 12.

Irkut plans to gain a Russian type certificate for the MC-21 in 2019 and obtain an EASA type certificate in 2020.

Aeroflot Group shareholders approved an operating lease of 50 new Irkut MC-21-300 aircraft on June 25. The planned timeframe for delivery runs from 1Q 2020 to 3Q 2026.

Polina Montag-Girmes