Russia’s UAC to finalize long-haul airliner design in 2 years

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will complete the design of a long-haul passenger airplane within the next two years, UAC President Mikhail Pogosyan said on Monday.

“We will start building a new plane,” he said, adding that its range and carrying capacity were yet to be specified.

Russia currently does not manufacture long-haul passenger airliners.

Its last long-range airplane was the Il-96-300 which made its maiden flight in 1988.

The UAC will ensure its presence in all three segments of the civilian aviation industry: short-, medium- and long-haul, Pogosyan said.

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