China has signed an in-principal agreement with political ally Venezuela for the sale of 33 civil aircraft, including the Harbin Y12E.

Venezuela plans to use the aircraft to develop regional passenger and cargo services in rural areas, says China's state-owned aerospace conglomerate China Aviation Industries Corporation (AVIC).

Its overseas sales arm AVIC International signed the deal with Venezuelan government representatives, including the country's National Agricultural Development Fund, it adds.

Senior officials at AVIC International, who wish to remain anonymous, say they hope to finalise the deal later this year and that the aircraft will be delivered over a five-year period.

The deal includes the sale of Y12E aircraft, a 19-seat turboprop aircraft, confirm the officials.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news