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.
A Chinese Y-12E Turboprop aircraft operated by Royal Nepal Airlines (RNA) commenced flights to Lukla, considered the worlds most dangerous airport. Flights to this airport, which had been suspended since two years, recommenced earlier this month with the RNA flight connecting Kathmandu to Lukla
China has produced more than 100 MA60 and MA600 turboprop aircraft of which 57 have been exported. The turboprop aircraft are designed to operate regional commercial flights, and some have been modified to undertake cloud seeding operations
Czech aircraft manufacturer AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s
China is targeting African markets with AVIC developed LE500 turboprop trainer aircraft after obtaining the type authorization certificate (TAC) from South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). Since April 2015, the application has been supported by CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), AVIC International Aero-Development Company and the South Africa AVIC International Flight Training Academy
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