Xian Aircraft MA60 to receive type certification from Cameroon

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The Xian Aircraft MA60 is set to receive type certification from the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), following certification works set in motion since 2011.

Last month, representatives from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, CCAA and AVIC International spent four days in negotiations in Beijing, says the Chinese airframer.

A consensus was eventually reached and a certification agreement inked. There were, however, conditions stating that Xian Aircraft must address a number of issues raised by CCAA before the first turboprop is delivered to the country. The issues in question were not disclosed.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Cameroon has six MA60s – three for flag carrier Camair-Co and the other three for National Airways Cameroon – on order. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from December 2013 through to December 2014.

The database shows that there are 76 MA60s worldwide, 28 of which are in storage.

Xian Aircraft also recently received type certification for its MA60 from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. The MA60 and its newer model the MA600 have mostly been sold to airline customers in developing countries.