|Xian Modern Ark 700 (MA700)|
|Xian MA700 Mock-up at Paris Airshow 2013|
|Manufacturer||Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China|
|First flight||2017 estimated|
|Introduction||2018 (planned with Lao Airlines)|
|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, 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.
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.
Orders and deliveries
As of July 2016, the order number for MA700 is 185 units.
|CDB Leasing Company||30|
|CMB Leasing Company||30|
|Chongqing General Aviation Financing and Leasing||10|
|Cambodia Bayon Airlines||10|
|Bahrain EGA Group||10|
|Bhaggal Air Services||18|
- Crew: two pilots
- Capacity: 70-80 passengers
- Length: 30 m (98 ft)
- Wingspan: ()
- Height: ()
- Maximum speed: 650 km/h (350 knots, 403 mph)
- Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: m/s (ft/min)
- Wing loading: kg/m² (lb/ft²)
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