Xian Aircraft receives maintenance licence for MA600

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an aircraft maintenance licence to Xian Aircraft for its MA600 turboprop.

The aircraft manufacturer made the application for the CCAR 145 certification last November. With this maintenance licence, it will be able to perform the highest level of maintenance work on the airframe, says Xian Aircraft.

Last month, the airframer delivered two MA600s to the Laos air force, the first of the turboprops to be delivered to a foreign customer.

The MA600 and its older model the MA60, have mostly been sold to airline customers in developing countries such as Indonesian carrier Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Lao Airlines. Several militaries of third world countries have also bought the aircraft.

Xian Aircraft is now working on the development of the MA700 regional turboprop, and aims to receive certification for the type from both the CAAC and the US Federal Aviation Administration by 2017.