BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – The Syrian government is currently in talks with their Russian counterparts on purchasing a new jet airliner, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.
Citing Russia’s ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshak, the RIA report claimed that the Syrian government is in talks with Russia on purchasing the new MS-21 jet airliner, which was recently manufactured.
What is the MS-21?
According to the website Aerospace Technology, the “Irkut MS-21 is a twin-engine medium-range single aisle passenger jetliner being designed by Irkut & Yakovlev Design Bureau and manufactured by United Aircraft (UAC) group, Russia. The aircraft is being developed under the Federal Civil Aviation Program (FCAP) until 2015. Sukhoi, Beriev and Ilyushin are the other partners in the FCAP.”
“The aircraft is based on Yakovlev Yak-242 and will replace the aging Tupolev Tu-154. It currently carries 80% of Russian passengers and freight traffic. The MS-21 can accommodate 150 to 212 passengers. It is expected to be more efficient than its counterparts manufactured by Boeing and Airbus,” the Aerospace Technology report added.