Austin wrote:official press release from ilyushin http://www.ilyushin.org/press/news/ev6441/
The contract to carry out development work on the creation of modernized passenger aircraft IL-96-400M
February 8, 2017
The wide-body long-haul passenger aircraft IL-96-400M created as a further development of the Il-96-300.
The fuselage of the airliner will be extended to 9.65 meters, as the power plant will be used more powerful PS-90A1 engines instead of the PS-90A, which will improve fuel efficiency.
IL-96-400M can take on board up to 390 passengers. large-diameter fuselage provides passengers with a modern level of comfort on long-haul flights.
Terms of the contract provide for the production of prototype Il-96-400M for flight tests. It is planned that the first time he will rise in the sky in 2019.
So the new Il-96-400M will be how long exactly?
9,65m longer than the base Il-96-300 which is 55 meters long...so 64m long or thereabouts? In other words...it will still be as long as the original Il-96-400?
I guess I'm also trying to figure out whether all the models developed from the baseline Il-96-300, in other words the Il-96M, Il-96T, Il-96TZ, Il-96-400 and now the Il-96-400M have the same fuselage stretch.