By Bjorn Fehrm
January 24, 2022, © Leeham News: IRKUT became the Airliner company in Russia's United Aircraft Corporation when the Superjet project was transferred from Sukhoi in February 2020.
The rationale was to focus the new single-aisle MC-21 and the regional Superjet in one entity where the needed investment in after-sales support, a chronic weakness of Russian aircraft, could be concentrated.
The MC-21 is the most advanced of the world's single-aisle designs, with a roomy fuselage and a composite wing. But this, the market's best design, has the worst chances for success. We go through why.