Hongkong Jet announced today at Airshow China 2012 that it is adding a fourth Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ to its managed aircraft fleet. According to the company, this makes Hongkong Jet one of the largest operators of Airbus ACJs in the region. The company has added 12 aircraft within the last 12 months.
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Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) is working on a “China New Generation Business Jet” (CNGBJ), the company revealed today at Airshow China 2012. A scale model of this new design is on display at the manufacturer’s exhibit booth at the six-day airshow, which opened today at the airport of Zhuhai, Guangdong province in Southern China.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) selected GE Aviation’s H85 turboprop engine to power its new Primus 150. Set to be the first purpose-built executive turboprop single built in China, the Primus 150 is a pressurized five-seater with an all-composite carbon-fiber airframe. No certification timeline was available at press time.
Piaggio made its first Chinese delivery of the Avanti II to distributor CAEA Aviation Investment today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The twin turboprop, along with a second Avanti yet to be delivered, will be operated by CAEA subsidiary Free Sky Aviation in a new turbine-aircraft membership program for private clients. Beijing-based CAEA was formed last July and, in addition to new and pre-owned aircraft sales, it is also active in aircraft management, financing and leasing, as well as in business aircraft maintenance and handling.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China issued Embraer with a type certificate for its Phenom 300 light jet on the first day of Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The Chinese authorities have now approved all five of the Brazilian manufacturer’s in-production business aircraft. Embraer China president Guan Dongyuan told a press conference that to date it has sold 28 of these (plus options for five more) to customers in China.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (Caiga) has chose GE Aviation’s new H85 turboprop engine to power its new Primus 150 aircraft. Set to be the first purpose-built executive single-engine turboprop built in China, the Primus 150 is a pressurized five-seater with an all-composite carbon-fiber airframe.
Piaggio today made its first Chinese delivery of the P180 Avanti II twin turboprop. On the first day of Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai the Italian manufacturer handed over one of two Avantis acquired by its exclusive Chinese distributor CAEA Aviation Investment Company.
Bombardier recently delivered the 200th Challenger 605, with the milestone large-cabin jet going to an unidentified customer. According to Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi, “The Challenger 600 series was a trailblazer in business aviation and is now the largest fleet in the category worldwide, with more than 850 aircraft in service.” The Challenger 600 first flew on Nov. 8, 1978. The Challenger 601, 604 and 605 variants have followed in the 34 years since.
Though the light and midsize jet markets yet await their resurgence from the depths of the past business cycle downturn, at Learjet there is a near palpable sense of anticipation that such a turnaround is looming. The Bombardier division currently has three new models preparing for entry into service next year—the Learjets 70, 75 and 85–and has embarked on a major expansion at its Wichita headquarters.
NetJets Europe is betting on large-cabin, long-range operations as demand for light to midsize jets remains flat and is preparing to receive its first Bombardier Global 6000. Delivery is scheduled to take place by year-end, with commercial operations starting February 1.