Air Zimbabwe Buys Two MA 60s

 - November 1, 2006, 10:29 AM

Xi’an Aircraft Factory has landed the first sale of its new Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered MA 60 outside China with Air Zimbabwe’s order for a pair of the 56-seat turboprops. Air Zimbabwe air and ground crew expected to finish training at Xi’an by the end of last month, in time for the start of new domestic service this month from Harare International Airport.

A derivative of the XAC Y7-200, the MA 60 began flying for Xi’an’s Changan Airlines in 1999 and three years later entered the fleet of Boeing 737 operator Wuhan Airlines. Along with its PW127J turboprop engines, the FAA-certified airplane uses Hamilton Standard propellers and Rockwell Collins avionics.