On Feb 27-28, CAAC has completed review on detail design of AVIC MA700, kicking off the prototype manufacturing. AVIC aims to roll out the first prototype in Sep. 2019, and fly it three months later.
The twin-engine MA700 is a new generation regional turboprop designed to carry over 70 passengers. Maximum range of MA700 exceeds 1500km, however, the type is optimized for 800km route operation. AVIC Commercial Aircraft selected Pratty & Whitney Canada PW150C as the power of MA700 2 years ago at Paris Airshow.
First MA700 is slated to roll out at this Sep. and speed into the air within the year.