The Xian MA600 (MA for Modern Ark. ) is an improved version of the Xian MA60 manufactured by Xi'an Aircraft Industry Company Ltd under AVIC I. Xi'an Aircraft Industry rolled out its first MA600 turboprop on the 29 June 2008. The MA600 is expected to enter service in 2009.
Liu Jieyin, President of Okay Airways is quoted as saying that his company had purchased the new model.
Powered by Pratt and Whitney PW-127J turboprop engines, it has a 60 passenger capacity.
The MA600 was scheduled to make its maiden flight in September 2008. It first flew 9 October 2008 at Xi'an Yanliang.
As of October, 2008, Xi'an has received 136 orders from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co., manufacturer of the MA600, noted that the successful test flight is "an important milestone" in Chinese domestic aircraft production. MD Meng Xiangkai revealed that the aircraft is expected to obtain its airworthiness certificate and enter service in the second half of 2009, with the first delivery to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China in Sichuan Province. Batch delivery will start in 2010.
The aircraft will be equipped with the Becker-Communications "DVCS6100 Digital Intercom System,Cabin Intercommunication and Passenger Address". The cockpit is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.
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Published - July 2009
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