Irkut MC-21-200 deepened analysis

By Bjorn Fehrm

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August11, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: In February we did the first analysis of the Irkut MC-21-200. The analysis was made on the first data available. During the Farnborough Air Show, we got more information around the MC-21 and could see that an update of our first analysis was called for.


Figure 1. MC-21-200, the smaller varaint of the MC-21. Source: Irkut

At the time we compared the MC-21-200 to Airbus A320 and concluded they are about the same size. With the new information, we could see that there is a size difference.


  • The MC-21-200 is close to Airbus A320neo in external dimensions, a bit smaller in the cabin and has lower take-off weights.
  • Irkut, the OEM, suggested standard two class capacity is 132 seats. This is with space to spare in several places.
  • To make a fair efficiency comparison with the A320neo, we develop an optimized cabin for the MC-21-200.

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