Xian MA60

$22 million turboprop regional airliner as of 2015

Merpati Nusantara Airlines Xian MA 60
photo: Dr Muhammad Riyad Filza

The Xian MA60 is a twin-engine turboprop-powered airliner built by Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The MA60 is derived from the Xian Y7-200A which operates in rugged conditions with limited ground support and features short take-off and landing capability.

Manufacturer:
Xian
Country:
China
Manufactured:
2000 to: Present
ICAO:
MA60
Price:
US$22 million (2015)

Specifications

Avionics:
Rockwell Collins Pro-Line 21
Engine:
2x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127J
turboprop
Power:
2,750 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
278 knots
515 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
860 Nautical Miles
1,593 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
25,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1500 feet / minute
7.62metre / second
Take Off Distance:
1800 metre - 5,905.44 feet
Landing Distance:
1600 metre - 5,249.28 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
21,800 Kg
48,060 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
21,600 Kg
47,619 lbs
Max Payload:
5,500 Kg
12,125 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,480 gallon
5,602 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
64 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.9 metre - 6.23 feet
Cabin Width:
2.7 metre - 8.86 feet
Cabin Length:
10.8 metre - 35.43 feet
Exterior Length:
24.7 metre - 81.04 feet
Tail height:
8.86 metre - 29.07 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2.9 metre - 9.51 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
29.2 metre - 95.80 feet
Wing Tips:
no winglets
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Description

In February 2000, the Xian MA60 took to the skies for the first time. In June 2000, the aircraft was awarded its type certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The MA60 did not apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency type certification, as well as it is not certified to be used in the European Union or in the United States.  In August 2000, it entered service with Sichuan Airlines. In 2006, the aircraft was accredited with the Indonesian Air Transport Directorate General (IATDG) type certification. By October 2006, a total of ninety MA60 orders were received by the manufacturing company. Towards the end of 2006, twenty-three aircraft were delivered.

There were five variants of the MA60 including the MA60-100 with less weight and improved performance, the MA60-MPA Fearless Albatross maritime patrol and ASW version offered for sale at Airshow China in 2002, the reduced capacity 40-seat version designated as the MA40 which was offered for sale also in 2002, the MA60H-500 military cargo variant with rear cargo ramp, and the MA600, a more improved version of the MA60.

The MA60 was built for passenger and freight transport, maritime patrols, medevac, and paratroop dropping missions. It features a de-icing system that allows the aircraft to fly and operate under complicated icing conditions. It was equipped to take-off and land on rough airstrips, grass, and sandstone runways. It is also equipped with an air-conditioning system to modulate the cabin airflow and sustain a soothing temperature. The aircraft has an external length of 24.7 meters, a height of 8.86 meters, and a diameter of 2.9 meters. It has a wheelbase of 9.7 meters, a wingspan of 29.2 meters, and a wing area of 75 square meters. The MA60 can accommodate up to sixty-four passengers and two crew members.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127J turboprop engines with a maximum thrust of 2,750 horsepower each.