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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 2000
Total Production: 250
Unitary Cost: USD$12 million
Also Known As: MA-60 and Modern Ark 60
Origin: China
Corporations: Xian Aircraft Company (XAC)
Parent System: Modern Ark
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 2000
Total Production: 260
Family Members: MA600 and MA700
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Description: The Modern Ark MA60 is an advanced regional turboprop aircraft developed in China by Xian Aircraft Company (XAC) and marketed by CATIC. The aircraft features operational flexibility, low acquisition and operating costs making it highly suitable for carriers with low budgets. XAC used an stretched version of its Y7-200A, a version of the Antonov An-24 transport aircraft, to develop this turboprop airliner. The MA60 aircraft meets the regulations of CCAR Part 25 and FAR Part 25 and is certified by Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). The first production aircraft was delivered to a Chinese carrier in August 2000. As of late 2010, CATIC and XAC report sales of 250 aircraft through 2016.

The aircraft has been designed to carry 52, 56 or 60 passengers inside its high comfort cabin over ranges of 1,400 kilometers covering short and regional routes. The MA60 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW-127J turboprops rated at 2,880-shp each and driving four-blade propellers and is equipped with advanced avionics. Overall, the MA60 design focuses on frequent commuter operations in all weather conditions and operating from "hot and high" airfields. Besides, the aircraft also can be used for the transport of cargo specially by military customers.

In addition to the passenger transport role, the MA60 is suitable for VIP, troops and cargo transport; maritime patrol; medical evacuation; and paratroopers delivery missions. In November 2004, CATIC achieved an important milestone by signing the first export order with Air Zimbabwe. Air Zimbabwe's two MA60s were delivered in April 2005. In April 2005, CATIC signed another export order with Air Fiji for one MA60. Thereafter, export agreements have been signed with customers in Eritrea and Republic of Congo. Military export customers include Bolivia (2), Ecuador (4), Ghana (2), Sri Lanka (4) and Zambia (4).

MA60 Specifications

Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 60
Propeller Blades: 4
Wing Area: 75 square meter
Cabin Height: 1.90 meter
Cabin Width: 2.70 meter
Height: 8.86 meter
Length: 24.7 meter
Wingspan: 29.2 meter
Ceiling: 7,620 meter
Landing Run Distance: 1,060 meter
Max Range: 1,430 kilometer (772 nautical mile)
Take Off Run Distance: 1,100 meter
Max Power at TakeOff: 5,760 shp
Cruise Speed: 430 kph (0.36 mach)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 514 kph (0.43 mach)
Empty Weight: 13,700 kilogram
Fuel Load: 4,030 kilogram
Max Landing Weight: 21,200 kilogram
Max Takeoff Weight: 21,800 kilogram (48,060 pound)
Payload: 5,500 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Bolivian Air Force (2)
Aircraft ordered by Civil Aviation Flight University of China; China United Airlines (2); Okay Airways (10); Joy Air (50); Sichuan Airlines (2); Wuhan Airlines (3); YingAn Airlines (1)
Democratic Republic of Congo6
Aircraft ordered by LAC (6)
Aircraft ordered by Ecuadorian Air Force (4)
Aircraft ordered by Air Fiji (1)
Aircraft ordered by Ghana Air Force (2)
Aircraft ordered by Merpati Nusantara Airlines (15)
Aircraft ordered by Lao Airlines (6)
Aircraft ordered by Myanmar Airways (3)
Aircraft ordered by Zest Airways (10)
Republic of the Congo3
Aircraft ordered by Air Congo (3)
Sri Lanka6
Aircraft ordered by Sri Lanka Air Force (4); Mihin Lanka (2)
Aircraft ordered by Tajik Air (2)
Aircraft ordered by Zambian Air Force (2)
Aircraft ordered by Air Zimbabwe (2)

Grand Total 13416
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