New Russian jet heralds carbon manufacturing shakeup

By Reuters

May 30, 2017

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Russia's new jetliner, which conducted its maiden flight on Sunday, may have a hard time challenging the sales duopoly of Boeing and Airbus, but it does point the way to radical changes in how they could be building jets in the future.

The MS-21, a new single aisle airliner produced by Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, is the first passenger plane borne aloft by lightweight carbon-composite wings built without a costly pressurized oven called an autoclave.

The manufacturing process provides a test for a technology already being assessed by Western rivals.

Read the full story at reuters.com.

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