BEIJING—The first Avic MA700 turboprop airliner should be rolled out around the middle of 2019, following the start of manufacturing of long-lead parts in December 2017. A first flight is slated to follow by the end of 2019, but will happen then only if all goes smoothly, a program official said. First delivery earlier than 2022 looks unlikely. These dates indicate program slippage of more than a year from the 2016 schedule and three years from the targets that Avic set when it ...

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