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Air Burundi takes delivery of its first brand new Xian MA60





The first Air Burundi's Xian MA60 seen at Kumming (China) on 25 June.


Air Burundi orders two Xian MA60s (December 2011) : here


27 June 2012


The Burundi national flag carrier has just taken delivery of its first of two Xian MA60s, that the airline ordered last year. The plane is scheduled to land in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, on 28 June, few days before the 50th anniversary of the independence.


Mr. Melchior Nahimana, managing director of Air Burundi, has in a speech at the ceremony, thanked the Chinese government and the Burundi government who have given substantial supports to the introduction of MA60.  


With this new plane, Air Burundi will resume flights to regional destinations such as Rwanda, Kenya or Uganda. The next step for the airline will be the privatization. 


About the Xian MA60 :


MA60 is a turboprop-powered airliner made by Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation. It is the only Chinese-made civil aircraft that has access to both domestic and international aviation markets. The MA60 series have already completed more than 150 thousand total movements, and more than 150 thousand flying hours. After years of technology improving and performance optimizing, the safety, comfort and economic efficiency of MA60 have been receiving constant recognitions from domestic and international customers. As a result, MA60's market share has been gradually expanding. With more than 20 customers, XAIC has delivered over 70 MA60s that are operating more than 200 flight routes spreading over Africa, Latin America, South Eastern Asia and the post-Soviet states.






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