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First flight of Russia's MS-21 aircraft to take place in April 2016 — Deputy PM Rogozin

January 26, 2015, 15:42 UTC+3 GORKI (MOSCOW REGION)

It is planned to get the plane up in the air in 2016 and from 2018 on — to release a whole series of them

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A model of MS-21 aircraft

A model of MS-21 aircraft

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GORKI (MOSCOW REGION), January 26. / TASS /. The first flight of the new Russian aircraft MS-21 will be held no earlier than April 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"In order to decrease the aircraft weight, we are using certain new composite materials, alloys, and we expect that the MS-21 would be about 13-15% more competitive than the Airbus and Boeing,” Rogozin said.

"I want to let you know that just two days ago we put together the first section of the MS-21 fuselage, meant for 180 passengers. We plan to get that plane up in the air next year and from 2018 on, we plan to release a whole series of them," Rogozin said.

"We are planning for the first flight to take place starting April 2016, within the first half of the calendar year," Rogozin added.

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