The first Avic MA700 turboprop airliner should be rolled out around the middle of 2019, following the start of fabrication of long-lead parts last December. A first flight is slated by the end of 2019, if all goes smoothly, otherwise no later than mid-2020, says a program official. First delivery no earlier than 2022 is looking likely. These dates indicate program slippage of more than a year from the 2016 schedule and three years from the targets Avic set when it launched development of ...

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