Thu, Oct 05, 2006
Company Reports 100 Potential Buyers
Chinese media reports
state the Xi'an Aircraft Company has orders for 32 of its
Xinzhou-60, or MA60 twin turboprop aircraft. Six of the regional
passenger planes are already in service in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Laos
and the Republic of Congo.
Representatives with Xi'an -- which is part of China's vast
Aviation Industry Corporation I, or AVIC-I -- says it will deliver
six more to unspecified customers before year's end.
"Now we have at least 100 potential buyers in 24 counties to
help us realize the 2007 target," said Xian President Fu Shula to
According to data on the company website, the MA60 is a
60-passenger short- to medium-range passenger plane. It's
pressurized, and is fully-certified for day and night, and
Xi'an says the plane is capable of operations from unimproved
runways, and excels at "high-hot" operations.
The aircraft sports two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW-127J engines
turning four-bladed Hamilton Sundstrand props -- the same
engine-prop combo on the ATR-72, which the plane bears a strong
resemblance to. The plane is actually an improved version of
China's Yunshuji Y7-200A (below), which in turn was based off the
Russian Antonov 24. It first flew in 1993... but entered passenger
service in 2002.
Xi'an says the plane needs only 4000 ft for takeoff, and cruises
250 knots at 20,000 feet.
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