China has ambitions to compete against Airbus and Boeing in the commercial jet market but, in terms of exports, its better bet may be in turboprops. Xian Aircraft, manufacturer of the 60-seat MA60 and MA600 turboprop transports, has quietly been accumulating a backlog of orders from airlines in the developing world. Air Congo ordered an additional MA60 in August, says Xu Bo, deputy managing director of Avic International, the global sales and marketing arm of Avic, Xian Aircraft's ...


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