Xian MA700

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Xian Modern Ark 700 (MA700)
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Xian MA700 Mock-up at Paris Airshow 2013
Role Turboprop airliner
Manufacturer Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China
First flight 2017 estimated
Introduction 2018 (planned with Lao Airlines)
Primary user China
Developed from Xian MA600

The Xian MA700 (MA for 新舟, "Modern Ark") is a twin-engine, medium-range turboprop airliner currently under development by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

When the aircraft was first announced in 2007, it was presented as a 70-seat aircraft. However, when a model of the aircraft was shown at the 2008 Zhuhai Airshow,[1] it was touted as capable of offering 78 seats in 4-abreast configuration.

The MA700 is conventional configuration, with a non-swept tapered wing mounted high on the mid-fuselage. Its two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150C engines are tractor-mounted. The 2008 model was equipped with 6-bladed slightly swept propellers. The main bogies of the tricycle landing gear are carried on faired pods outside the pressure capsule. The empennage has T-tail configuration. The 2008 model showed 28 exterior window openings on each side of the passenger area.

Okay Airways and Joy Air were announced as launch customers for the aircraft and are to be involved with the development of the aircraft, which is due to make its maiden flight in 2017.[2]

By late 2015 there were 185 orders for the 70-seat aircraft with purchase agreements with 11 customers including Joy Air, Okay Airways and Cambodia Bayon Airlines. The first prototype will be finally assembled in 2016, with a maiden flight in 2017 and certification scheduled for 2019.[3]

Orders and deliveries[edit]

As of July 2016, the order number for MA700 is 185 units.[4]

Airline/Company Type Options Rights Deliveries
MA-700 2018 2019 2020
China Joy Air 30[5]
China Okay Airways 30[5]
China CDB Leasing Company 30[5]
China CMB Leasing Company 30[5]
China Chongqing General Aviation Financing and Leasing 10[5]
China Poly Technologies 5[5]
Nepal Air Avenues 10[5]
Cambodia Cambodia Bayon Airlines 10[5]
Bahrain Bahrain EGA Group 10[5]
Pakistan Hybrid Aviation 10[5]
Pakistan Bhaggal Air Services 18[5]
South Africa Segers Aero 10[5]
Totals 185 Orders 0

Specifications (MA700)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two pilots
  • Capacity: 70-80 passengers
  • Length: 30 m (98 ft)
  • Wingspan: ()
  • Height: ()


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology Vol 169 No 18, 10 Nov 2008, "MA700 Revealed", p. 22
  2. ^ "(unknown title)". Airliner World. January 2015. p. 17. 
  3. ^ "AVIC MA700 Orders Take Off". Airliner World. October 2015. p. 19. 
  4. ^ "新舟700签署185架订单". 三秦都市报. 三秦网. 2016-07-16. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "总师:新舟700或将引发涡桨支线客机新一轮竞争". 环球网. 环球军事. 2015-08-19. 

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