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Aviastar completes fuselage panels for first serial MC-21

Russian aerospace specialist Aviastar has completed production of a set of fuselage panels destined for the first serial Irkut MC-21.

Several other structures are undergoing manufacture at the Ulyanovsk-based plant, including those for the auxiliary power unit section.

The plant produces fuselage panels for the F1, F2, F3, F4 and F5 sections of the fuselage, as well as several other components including the doors and empennage structures.

Aviastar says the newly-completed parts will be transferred to Irkut’s assembly line to be installed on the first customer MC-21.

Following a United Aircraft restructuring initiative, the company is part of a transport aviation division, alongside other companies such as Voronezh-based VASO.

Aviastar says this restructuring is set to be completed in 2019. The company states that it is the largest Russian business for aviation equipment production, with lines for the Tupolev Tu-204, Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, and maintenance of Antonov An-124s.

It also conducts interior installation for Sukhoi Superjet 100s.

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