Zhuhai10: Xian Aircraft gets orders for five MA600 turboprops

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Xian Aircraft (XAC) has announced five orders for its MA600 turboprop aircraft at Airshow China.

In agreements signed today, the Laos government will purchase two MA600s, says a spokesman from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the parent of XAC.

Separately, Chinese carrier Joy Air will acquire three MA60s under a leasing agreement with AVIC Leasing.

The MA600 is an upgraded version of the MA60, and had its first flight in October 2008. XAC is also developing the MA700, which is being designed to compete with the ATR72-500.