With Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev seated in the audience, Irkut rolled the first structurally-complete MC-21-300 into a flight test hangar in Irkutsk, the capital of East Siberia yesterday. “The MC-21 technology level exceeds the existing airplanes and aircraft. I’m sure it will be a great aircraft: economical, safe and reliable. Today’s events confirm we are capable of building such aircraft that doesn’t only promote our airplane industry but we also compete with other countries,” Medvedev said. Aeroflot ordered 50 MC-21s to launch the program six years ago, and at this time most likely does not require the aircraft, but

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