AVIC delivers static testing plane

BEIJING: The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has delivered the first static testing plane of the country’s MA700 regional airplane project, according to the corporation.
The delivery of this static testing plane initiated key tests on the frame of the MA700 airplane model currently under development. It represented a new phase of this project, said the state-owned AVIC.
The MA700 is the third member of China’s domestically developed “Modern Ark” regional turboprop airplane family, which is developed by AVIC XAC Commercial Aircraft Co., Ltd. in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
The “Modern Ark” family now has two members, the MA60 and MA600. To date, more than 100 MA60 and MA600 airplanes have been delivered to customers.
As an upgraded version, the MA700 is a 70-seat new turboprop airplane model. It is designed to highlight performances in the short- and medium-haul markets.
The MA700 is designed to reach a maximum speed of 637 km per hour, a single-engine ceiling of 5,400 meters, and a take-off field length of 1,400 meters.– Agencies