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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 10 February

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 10 February

China’s MA60 Regional Airplane Family to Embrace 3rd Member in 2020

China’s domestically developed MA60 “Modern Ark” regional turboprop airplane family will see its third member MA700 in 2020. The MA700 project has entered the final assembly phase. And the assembly works of aircraft for both the maiden flight and the static tests are underway, said the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The first MA700 aircraft is scheduled to roll off the production line in mid-2020, and the maiden flight is expected to take place within the year.

China’s Xiamen Airlines, a Boeing Operator, Looks to Bring Airbus Jets in Its Fleet

China’s Xiamen Airlines, a long-time Boeing operator, is looking to bring 10 Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet. The carrier, a subsidiary of state-owned China Southern Airlines, is inviting leasing companies to bid to supply these jets, which are to be delivered from the second half of 2021 to 2023, the Chinese airline said in a statement on its website.

Lufthansa Technik Eyes China for growth

With the world’s two largest airframers forecasting that Asia Pacific (Apac) will lead maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) demand over the next 20 years as the region grows its share of the global in-service fleet to about 40 percent in 2038. Gerald Steinhoff, Lufthansa Technik’s v-p of corporate sales for Asia Pacific, told AIN that “Greater China with its incredible aircraft growth rate” is one of LHT’s key markets in Asia, Steinhoff noted. “The development there is mainly influenced by four large airlines and drives all of Asia forward. China Southern, for example, will very soon have more than 1,000 aircraft in its fleet.”

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