The MC-21 is expected to make its first flight in late May after completing taxi and runway roll tests. Russia’s aerospace industry hopes it marks a return to the commercial aircraft market on a global scale, though valuable time has been lost with long development delays. The MC-21 is Russia’s first locally designed narrowbody aircraft in the post-Soviet era. The project was originally envisaged by the Russian government in 2003 as a replacement of the aging Tupolev Tu-154 and ...

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