Russia has surprised the airline industry by announcing the successful test flight of a new
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"[The] flight mission is accomplished. The flight went in the normal mode. There are no obstacles revealed preventing the tests continuation," the lead test pilot, Oleg Kononenko, is quoted as saying on the Irkut Corp. website, Sunday.
Irkut said global demand for that area of aviation should translate to about 15,000 new aircraft worldwide across the next 20 years.