A new player on the block “The MC-21 air­craft sets a new stan­dard for the com­fort of sin­gle-aisle air­craft”

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The Irkut Cor­po­ra­tion, which over­saw first flight of the MC-21300 air­craft in May 2017, ex­pects to gain a foothold in the global avi­a­tion mar­ket. “The new air­liner, which will be de­liv­ered to cus­tomers in 2019-2020, has a num­ber of ad­van­tages in com­par­i­son with its com­peti­tors.” These in­clude, in par­tic­u­lar, an ‘in­creased level of com­fort for pas­sen­gers’ by in­creas­ing the width of the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment. Irkut’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive fur­ther stated: “It is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered that sin­gle-aisle air­craft have a fuse­lage width of not more than four me­tres (13 feet). The MC-21, like its com­peti­tors, will have a sin­gle aisle and six pas­sen­ger seats in each row. But the width of the fuse­lage MC- 21 will go be­yond four me­tres, to give the air­craft the most spa­cious cabin among all the air­lin­ers in its class. As a re­sult, vol­ume of per­sonal space for each pas­sen­ger, in the MS-21 will be like wide­bod­ied air­lin­ers. “

“New fea­tures are at­trac­tive not only for pas­sen­gers. The in­creased fuse­lage width al­lows adapt­ing the air­craft to the re­quire­ments of cus­tomers spe­cial­is­ing in dif­fer­ent types of air trans­porta­tion. De­pend­ing on the needs, air­lines can choose the op­ti­mal con­fig­u­ra­tion of the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment: wider and more com­fort­able chairs or an en­larged pas­sage in which the pas­sen­ger can eas­ily share with the ser­vice trol­ley”, state of­fi­cials. “The lat­ter op­tion is at­trac­tive for low-cost car­ri­ers, seek­ing to re­duce the time of their be­ing on-ground at air­ports. Ex­per­i­ments con­ducted by Irkut show that the speed of dis­em­barka­tion and board­ing of pas­sen­gers in­creases by 30%, which saved min­utes trans­form into ad­di­tional rev­enues, which, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions, can amount to 4 mil­lion eu­ros per year”.

Thanks to the wide fuse­lage of 19-25%, com­pared to com­peti­tors, the ca­pac­ity of lug­gage shelves has also in­creased. A sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing the com­fort of pas­sen­gers, es­pe­cially chil­dren and the el­derly, will be achieved by the pres­sure main­tained in­side the cabin. The MC- 21s will cor­re­spond to height of 1800 m above sea level, a sim­i­lar fig­ure is at­trib­uted nor­mally to wide-body air­craft, “while in the cabin of ex­ist­ing nar­row­bod­ied air­planes, the pres­sure in­side the cabin cor­re­sponds to 2400 m. Other pleas­ant in­no­va­tions are the port­holes, the largest in its class and the abil­ity to cre­ate ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing of var­i­ous colour shades”, of­fi­cials state.

In an ef­fort to main­tain the high­est stan­dards of com­fort, Irkut has co­op­er­ated with lead­ing West­ern com­pa­nies, in par­tic­u­lar Zo­diac Aero­space which has be­come the main part­ner for the MC-21 pro­gramme and its in­te­ri­ors.

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