Russian Wide Body Long Range Ilyushin Il-96-400M Operates Maiden Flight
The Ilyushin Il-96-400M, a new stretched variant of the Il-96 widebody passenger aircraft, has made its first flight from the VASO facility in Voronezh, southwestern Russia.
The Ilyushin Il-96-400M is a passenger version of the Il-96-400T cargo aircraft. Its fuselage is 9.65 m longer than the existing Il-96-300 passenger variant and has a planned seating capacity of 390 passengers.
Since 2017 the Russian Government has invested $57.4 million into the development of the Ilyushin Il-96-400M.
Russia’s airline industry has faced challenges since the conflict in Ukraine began in February 2022. Many countries, including most in Europe, responded with sanctions on Russian carriers which affected not just their flight schedules but also their access to aircraft and supplies.
Thus the essential need for homemade commercial airliners is important now more than ever for Russia.