Truboprop aircraft set for maiden flight

China | 11 Feb 2019 1:13 pm

China-developed MA700, a new model of high-speed turboprop regional aircraft, is expected to embark on its maiden flight this year according to its developer.

That means the "Modern Ark'', or MA, regional airplane family will embrace its third member following the MA60 and MA600, said the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, CGTN reports, citing the China Daily.

The MA700 was developed by the AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft in Xi'an, in northwestern Shaanxi province.

The model is part of China's plan to develop two trunk jetliners and two regional aircraft, with the other models being the C919 narrow-body and CR929 wide-body passenger aircraft, as well as the ARJ21 regional jetliner.

The MA700 is expected to receive the type certificate from civil aviation authorities by 2021, according to AVIC.

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