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China-Made MA700 Aims at International Market, Set to Take Off in 2017

时间: 2015-03-16

The Modern Ark 700 (MA 700), a new generation of turboprop regional aircraft developed by AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. (XAC), is now under development after it got approval at the end of 2013. It is expected to make its maiden flight in 2017, said Tang Jun, general manager of AVIC Aircraft Co. Ltd, on March 6, 2015.

MA700 is a brand new type of regional airliner with new design in the fuselage, engine and avionics system, which is more advanced in economy, comfort and speed than competitors. The aircraft will seat 70 to 90 passengers, with a range of 500-700 kilometers.

Tang Jun explains, compared with other members in Modern Ark series, MA700 has six strengths, the top three of which are high speed, low cost and strong practicability. Firstly, MA700 is a high-speed turboprop aircraft, whose cruising speed can reach to 600 km per hour. Secondly, the fuel consumption, operating costs and maintenance costs are all lower than other aircraft in its class. Moreover, it can easily adapt to airfield and achieve fast departures in a speed similar to turbofan aircraft. MA700 can land at more than 95% of airports in our country and adapt to severe environment such as high-altitude, high-temperature and short-haul.

MA700's goal is to obtain the airworthiness certificate authorized by the U.S. FAA and European EASA respectively, so as to fly to the broader European & American as well as global aviation market. Joy Air (JR) and Okay Airways (BK) have signed cooperation framework agreements with AVIC Aircraft in the 10th Airshow China, becoming the launch customers of MA700.

Together with C919 and ARJ 21, the MA700 aircraft will complete Chinese civil aircraft pedigree, and make contribution to the civil aviation development of our nation, said Mr, Tang. The aircraft manufacturer aims to make its first flight of MA700 in 2017 and be certificated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by 2019 before entering into service.

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