Avic has begun assembling the first airframe in the MA700 turboprop airliner program, aiming at a first flight next year and certification in 2022 after further development delays. The program is preparing for a highly data-driven final assembly setup that will require only half the labor Avic applies to assemble its Y-7 regional turboprop. Planned production rates are modest. But to promote sales, the state company is offering to assist investors in establishing airlines—including ...

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