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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

MA 600F Civil Freighter Receives Type Certification



After spending more than six years in development, the Modern Ark 600F (MA 600F) freighter was issued type certification by the CAAC in August, marking the completion of all research and development tasks of the project. With its official certification, the MA 600F was formally launched into the global air cargo transportation market.

The MA 600F freighter was developed by AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. (AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group)) according to the design of the Modern Ark 600 (MA 600) passenger aircraft. Thus, the MA 600F inherited the characteristic safety, economy and reliability of the MA 600 passenger aircraft. In addition, the MA 600F is equipped with a container freight loading system, its cabin meeting Level E requirements. The jewel in the project’s crown, however, is its newly developed advanced freight loading system, mainly composed of steel balls and rollers, facilities for freight stowage and the incorporation of large cargo doors. Also featured are its unique freight loading and manufacturing assembly technologies. All these improvements come together to boost the freight cabin's loading capability up to 6.1 thousand kg.

When the MA 600F is launched into operation, it will fill the void of a freighter series of the MA 600 in the market.

In accordance with the characteristics of domestic air cargo transportation, the AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) plans to launch the MA 600F freighters into the markets of China's provincial capitals and 2nd and 3rd tier cities, while meeting the demands of the high efficiency transport of high value products over distances of up to 600 km. In addition, the capabilities of the MA 600F will allow it to venture into markets serving nations with either numerous islands or poor overland transport conditions.

Yemenia, the Republic of Yemen's state owned airline, has already signed an agreement with AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. to purchase 2 MA 600F freighters and is anticipated to be the launch customer of the aircraft. The first MA 600F freighter is predicted to be delivered in the second half of next year. The AVIC Aircraft Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary company of the AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group)) is also accelerating the research and development of its Modern Ark 700 aircraft, a new generation turboprop aircraft designed for regional flights. The aircraft is expected to strengthen the competitiveness of domestically produced civil aircraft in the global market.






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