Volga-Dnepr is reviewing the possibility of working with aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation to develop a freighter version of the MC-21-300 aircraft.

The MC-21 is a new generation of Russian passenger planes, which is going to be manufactured in several modifications from 150 up to 211 seats. A delegation from Volga-Dnepr, including chairman of the board Alexey Isaykin, visited the aircraft during last week’s MAKS 2021 airshow.

The representatives, according to Volga-Dnepr, the parties discussed the possibility of the production of a freighter version.

The company said: “Amid the capacity constraints, emerging demand for freighters and increase of cargo volumes worldwide Irkut Corporation is in favourable position to commence the freighter programme. Volga-Dnepr Group might become the possible launch customer of the MC-21-200 freighter version.”

Of note, Volga-Dnepr continued, was the extended fuselage of the aircraft, advanced airframe systems, and up-to-date technologies that enable the reduction of operational costs.