Xian MA600


The Xian MA600 (MA for 新舟, "Modern Ark")[3] is an improved version of the Xian MA60 manufactured by the Xi'an Aircraft Industry Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

Xian MA600
Role Turboprop Regional airliner
National origin China
Manufacturer Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Designer Avic
First flight 10 October 2008
Introduction 2010[1]
Status Active
Primary users China
Ordered +310
Number built 18[2]
Developed from Xian Y-7 and Xian MA60
Developed into Xian MA700

Xi'an Aircraft Industry Corporation rolled out its first MA600 turboprop on 29 June 2008. MA600 made its maiden flight on 10 October 2008. The aircraft is equipped with new avionics, improved passenger cabin and engines with increased thrust when compared to MA60.[4]

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127J turboprop engines, it has a 60-passenger capacity.

As of October 2018, over 300 have been ordered.

Xi'an Aircraft Industry Co., manufacturer of the MA600, noted that the successful test flight is "an important milestone" in Chinese domestic aircraft production. MD Meng Xiangkai revealed that the aircraft is expected to obtain its airworthiness certificate and enter service in the second half of 2009, with the first delivery to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China in Sichuan Province. Batch delivery will start in 2010.[5]

The aircraft will be equipped with the Becker-Communications "DVCS6100 Digital Intercom System,Cabin Intercommunication and Passenger Address". The cockpit is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.[6]

Various operators in Asia and Africa have ordered 310 (March 2018).[7]

Variants Edit

MA600 Edit

Passenger airliner variant

MA600F Edit

Freighter variant with cargo door on starboard side. Cargo hold can accommodate five LD3’s or five 88″x54″ pallets.[8]

MA700 Edit

The MA700 is the development of MA600, which is a stretched version of MA60 with up to 86 seats. the Maiden flight is scheduled for November 2019, and expected deliveries to buyers are scheduled to begin in 2021. The MA700 will adopt advanced technologies such as fly-by-wire control and modular avionics and will replace its predecessors including the MA60 and its variants.[9] MA700 is designed to have an increase of fuel efficiency of 20% and the reduction of operating cost of 10% in comparison to MA600, despite being larger than MA600.[10]

Operators Edit

Specifications (MA600) Edit

Data from Modern Ark

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 flight crew
  • Capacity: 60 passengers
  • Length: 24.71 m (81 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 29.2 m (95 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 8.858 m (29 ft 1 in)
  • Empty weight: 13,730 kg (30,269 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 21,800 kg (48,061 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127J turboprop engines, 2,148 kW (2,881 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 514 km/h (319 mph, 278 kn) TAS
  • Cruise speed: 430 km/h (270 mph, 230 kn)
  • Range: 1,430 km (890 mi, 770 nmi) with 56 passengers and 198 lb (90kg) per passenger with reserve: 185 km + 45min., ISA
  • Service ceiling: 7,622 m (25,007 ft)
  • Taking off altitude limitation 3,680 m (12,073 ft) AMSL

See also Edit

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

Notes Edit

  1. ^ "Domestic turboprop MA700 to make maiden flight in 2015_NEWS_中国航空新闻网". www.cannews.com.cn. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  2. ^ "VIDEO: China's MA600 completes first flight". Reed Business Information Limited. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  3. ^ "MA 600 Rolled Off Line". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Xian MA60". Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ "MA600 takes to the skies over Xi'an". atwonline.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Avionics Magazine :: Becker Communications Fly on Xi'an MA600". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  7. ^ "MA60". www.ma60.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  8. ^ "The first Xian MA600F".
  9. ^ 刘珊珊. "Construction starts on AVIC regional jet - Chinadaily.com.cn". www.chinadaily.com.cn.
  10. ^ "700Ԥƽ2015׷ -". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  11. ^ "First MA600F cargo aircraft delivered in China".
  12. ^ "'Modern Ark' goes into Malawi service". Retrieved 9 September 2023.

References Edit

  • "NEWSDESK". Australian Aviation (252): 6. August 2008.
  • "China unveils new turboprop regional aircraft". 29 June 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2008.

External links Edit

  • MA60 Aircraft – Official Site
  • "Maiden Flight of China-Made MA600 Turboprop Aircraft". Test flight video.