China and the Czech Republic are developing a 9-seater turboprop aircraft with an investment of 100 million euro to be manufactured in China and marketed worldwide.
A 3D model and life-size picture of the cabin of the aircraft co-developed by China and the Czech Republic has been displayed at the ongoing China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Xinhua news agency reported.
The aircraft program has been launched under the Belt and Road Initiative, is to be developed, designed, produced and sold by the two countries.
The nine-seat aircraft will go into production in 2020 in the city of Zigong in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
China's AVIC develops a number of turboprop aircraft of which the Y-12E used as a light commercial airliner to fly a small number of passengers looks the most promising as a base for the new venure with the Czech Repubic.