Maxim Pyadushkin



Russia expects first CR929 orders in 2023 
The Russian chairperson of the Chinese-Russian commercial aircraft consortium (CRAIC) board expects the consortium to receive initial orders for its CR929 widebody airliner no earlier than 2023—a differing assessment compared to the late-2019 timing recently suggested by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC), the Chinese partner in the program.
United Aircraft Corp. reshuffles top management
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) is reconfiguring its top management as it prepares to separate commercial aircraft production from UAC’s military programs.
Russia’s Red Wings cancels A220 order 
Red Wings Airlines has canceled its order for six Airbus A220-300s, Russia’s only order for the type, for economic reasons.
EASA finishes first Irkut MC-21 certification flights 
EASA test pilots have completed the first session of certification flights on Irkut’s MC-21-300 narrowbody, the aircraft manufacturer said Feb. 13.
UAC moves Superjet 100 from Sukhoi to Irkut in company restructure 
Russia’s Superjet 100 is no longer part of the Sukhoi product line as parent company United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) rearranges its structure to separate its commercial and military aircraft manufacturing assets.
Adria Airways to acquire 15 leased SSJ100s, MRO center 
Slovenia’s Adria Airways signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) via a long-term lease arrangement and signed an MOU with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) to establish a joint MRO operation at Ljubljana Airport.
SCAC tests lower-weight wings for future Superjets 
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. (SCAC) has tested two new lower-weight wing designs for future versions of the Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional aircraft.
Aeroflot SSJ100
Aeroflot orders more SSJ100s in major deal 
Russia’s Aeroflot has placed a major order for a further 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s), the largest order for the type.
CRAIC fixes CR929 main dimensions, layout 
The Chinese-Russian commercial aircraft consortium (CRAIC) has fixed the main dimensional details of its CR929 widebody aircraft, which were revised from figures given to ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily in May.
Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating 
Designers of the Sino-Russian Craic CR929 widebody airliner have retained a fuselage width sized for nine-abreast seating, even as other dimensions have changed during early development.
Russia’s second MC-21-300 completes first flight 
Irkut Corp.’s second MC-21-300 prototype completed a maiden flight on May 12 from the Russian manufacturer’s Irkutsk airfield, a year after the first test aircraft took to the air for the first time.
Russian government to subsidize SSJ100 sales, modifications 
The Russian government will inject RUB6 billion ($95 million) into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) program to increase sales of the regional aircraft.
Qatar Airways to acquire 25% share in Moscow Vnukovo 
Qatar Airways plans to buy a 25% stake in Russia’s third busiest airport, Moscow Vnukovo.
Russia’s Aeroflot finalizes MC-21 order 
Russia’s largest carrier Aeroflot has firmed up an order for 50 MC-21-300 narrowbody airliners, which will be leased through Avia Capital Services, a leasing arm of government-owned Rostec Corp.
Sino-Russian Craic partners approve CR929 budget, organization 
Sino-Russian commercial aircraft consortium Craic is taking over management of the program to develop the CR929 widebody aircraft, following the partners’ approval of a proposed budget and organizational structure.
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