In July 2007 the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) executive committee designated the Irkut Corporation as the head contractor in the MC-21 program to be implemented jointly with the Russia`s leading design bureaus.
The results of the first stage (Gate 1) were considered and approved by the special UAC commission headed by the UAC’s president Alexey Fedorov on the 14th of August 2007. The decision was taken to carry on with the project.
The ÌC-21 is being developed as a family of short-medium range airliners with the passenger carrying capacity of 150-210. The MC-21 family is to take the place of the Tu-154 and second-hand foreign aircraft in the Russian airlines’ fleets while successfully competing in international market.
The airliner is due to hit the market in 2016.