Urkut, the Russian aircraft maker says the MC-21-300 narrowbody passenger airliner will soon take its first flight. The aircraft was first shown to the public in a June, 2016 rollout ceremony.

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The first operable airplane has been switched to electric power at the Irkut Aviation plant; its frequency response testing has commenced,” according to Irkut president Oleg Demchenko. “All tests at the factory shall be complete by the end of the first quarter.”