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First Irkut MC-21 for Rossiya Lands in Zhukovsky

First Irkut MC-21 for Rossiya Lands in Zhukovsky

First Irkut MC-21 for Rossiya Lands in Zhukovsky

The experimental MC-21 aircraft of Irkut Corporation (a division of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation), which was formerly painted in the livery of Rossiya Airlines (Aeroflot Group), has arrived at Yakovlev Design Bureau’s Flight Test and Development Complex, where it will be made ready for joint pilot operation.

Irkut Corporation and Rossiya Airlines intend to train command and instructor staff as well as instructor pilots as part of the MC-21 cooperative pilot operation programme. They also intend to develop operating procedures and gain experience flying on common airliner routes.

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The programme, which will be situated at the Ramenskoye airport where the Flight Test and Development Complex of Yakovlev Design Bureau is located, will involve a total of three experimental MC-21 aircraft. The pilot operation program is currently being coordinated with the relevant federal agencies. At the first stage, piloting will be carried out by test pilots of the Yakovlev Design Bureau.

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MC-21 is a new generation medium-haul passenger aircraft with a capacity of 163 to 211 passengers. The airliner is focused on the most demanded segment of the passenger transportation market. MC-21 is manufactured according to the latest developments in the field of aircraft construction. Advanced aerodynamics, engines and avionics of the latest generation provide high flight performance and reduced operating costs compared to analogues.

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Aerodynamic perfection of the aircraft is achieved with a wing of greater aspect ratio made of composite materials. Engines with a high bypass ratio PD-14 are distinguished by low fuel consumption, reduced noise levels and emissions. The widest fuselage in its class provides more personal space for passengers.

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Qantas Announces New Non-Stop Direct Flights from Perth to Paris

Qantas Announces New Non-Stop Direct Flights from Perth to Paris

Qantas has launched new direct flights between Perth and Paris, reconnecting Australia and France for the first time in 20 years.

This new route reduces the travel time between the two cities by approximately three hours and stands as the longest non-stop flight to France globally.

Initially, the flights will operate four times per week during the busy European summer and the Olympic and Paralympic periods, before scaling down to three services per week from mid-August. This new service will provide an additional 75,000 seats between Australia and Europe annually.

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Perth will serve as the gateway to Paris for travelers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other major Australian cities. French tourists will also benefit from seamless connections to over 60 destinations across Australia, allowing them to explore the country’s natural wonders.

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The flights will be operated using Qantas’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is designed for long-haul travel. Passengers will enjoy large windows, high cabin humidity, and mood lighting to help them feel refreshed upon arrival.

To celebrate the new Paris route, Qantas has introduced several customer initiatives. These include limited edition Martin Grant-designed pyjamas with matching amenity kits and Neil Perry-curated menus for the Business cabin, featuring classic French dishes like Bouillabaisse of snapper and Skull Island prawns and a French 75 cocktail.

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Additionally, a special selection qantas movies list celebrating French cinema, including films such as Amélie and Midnight in Paris, will be available on the international inflight entertainment system throughout July. qantas inflight entertainment movie list 2024.

This route launch follows a significant agreement between Qantas and Perth Airport, aiming to expand the airline’s western hub. This agreement, along with the Group’s fleet renewal program, is set to add 4.4 million additional seats to and from Perth by 2031.

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