Aeroflot Inks Order for 50 MC-21 Aircraft
Aeroflot will become the largest customer for the latest Russian-built medium-range aircraft, the MC-21, following a deal between the flag-carrier and Rostec.
Under the terms of the order, Rostec, a leasing subsidiary of Aviacapital-Service, will supply Aeroflot with 50 MC-21-300 aircraft. The leasing payments and reserves for maintenance will total more than US$5 billion.
The aircraft will be configured for Aeroflot to carry 169 passengers, with 16 business-class and 153 economy-class seats.
In the first phase of the contract the aircraft will be delivered with engines produced outside Russia.
From the 26th aircraft Aeroflot has the option to receive aircraft with new Russian-built PD-14 engines, which are currently undergoing certification testing.
The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Aeroflot in the first quarter of 2020, with the order planned to be completely fulfilled by 2026.
Each aircraft will be leased for a term of 12 years, with the option of two-year extensions on the lease no more than three times. Aeroflot plans to operate the aircraft on both domestic and international routes.
The MC-21 boasts an innovative ergonomic cabin for pilots and improved capabilities thanks to the unique engineering solutions deployed.