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Watch Russia’s new commercial jet on its maiden flight

It’s cheaper and faster than its western competitors

The all new Irkut MC-21 looks set to seriously challenge the global market for passenger jets. It is both faster and cheaper than its western rivals, the US Boeing 737 and the EU’s Airbus A320.

VIPs on the initial fight included Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister who posted the following during the flight.

Many aviation enthusiasts captured images of the maiden flight from the ground.

The next time you go skyward will you be in an MC-21?

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