Avic, funding full-scale development of the MA700 turboprop from its own resources, now expects the type to go into service in 2018, says an industry official. The target has slipped repeatedly. In 2008, when the aircraft was only a proposal, first deliveries were forecast for 2014. The official attributes the slow progress to propulsion studies, although the absence of abundant central government funding, such as the financing enjoyed by Comac C919 program, is presumably also a ...

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