NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and Shanghai Airport Authority president Li Derun signed a memorandum of agreement at ABACE 2014 today to keep the annual Asian business aviation show at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport until at least 2021. The agreement doubles the life of the original five-year arrangement signed by the parties in June 2011. NBAA organizes the event in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority, with the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) co-hosting the event.
AINalerts » April 14, 2014
The Greater Chinese business jet fleet grew 21 percent last year, to 371 aircraft, according to the latest data compiled by Hong Kong-based aircraft sales, management, charter and consultancy firm Asian Sky Group. From 2007 to 2013, the fleet expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent, significantly more than the global rate of 5 percent.
Today at ABACE 2014, Airbus Corporate Jetliner introduced the ACJ319 Elegance, which offers a new modular cabin that still allows customers to choose from many lounge, office, dining and conference configurations. The Elegance is aimed at customers who don’t want to invest the time and effort in making the nearly endless design decisions for a bizliner.
Cessna Aircraft announced a 10-aircraft order for float-equipped Grand Caravan EXs today at ABACE 2014 from Beijing-based Reignwood Group for tourism services in China. The company agreed to acquire the amphibian turboprop singles through the Cessna-Avic Shijiazhuang facility, which has been assembling Cessna Caravans for the Chinese market since late last year.
Gulfstream’s super-midsize G280 added two speed records during its flight to Shanghai for ABACE 2014, with city-pair records between Germany and Dubai and then on to Hong Kong.
From Germany’s Friedrichshafen Airport, the G280, piloted by Brett Rundle and Bruce Egart, flew 2,751 nm to Dubai International Airport in five hours and 49 minutes, for an average speed of Mach 0.84. The same crew then flew 3,449 nm to Hong Kong International Airport in seven hours and seven minutes, at an average speed of Mach 0.82.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre received Civil Aviation Administration of China and FAA approval for maintenance of Hawker 800-series business jets, the company announced today at ABACE 2014. It also has been designated an authorized service facility for Cessna Citations by the newly formed Textron Aviation, which also owns Hawker and Beechcraft.
Cessna Aircraft received Civil Aviation Administration of China certification today for the Citation XLS+, clearing the way for deliveries in China. This certification is another step toward beginning operations at Cessna-Avic Aircraft Zhuhai for final assembly and delivery of Citation XLS+s to customers in China. Approval of the business license for the Cessna-Avic joint venture is expected from the Ministry of Commerce of China this summer, Cessna said.
A trio of aviation companies from China, Hong Kong and Australia announced today at ABACE 2014 the formation of a new partnership, the China General Aviation Power-Line Service, to offer power line maintenance and associated services to Chinese utility companies.
AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China celebrated the grand opening of a joint regional business headquarters in Shanghai on April 9. In September, Sino-US Intercontinental was appointed an official non-exclusive distributor for AgustaWestland civil helicopters in China, but not including Hong Kong and Macau. Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment is part of Shanghai Zenisun Investment Group, a real estate and general aviation company that has been selling and operating helicopters in China since 2006.
Beijing Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering (Ameco), located at Beijing Capital International Airport, introduced its “Silk Road” interior design for Airbus ACJ320s today at ABACE in Shanghai. The design uses cultural elements taken from different regions along the Silk Road of ancient China, including patterns inspired by Han Dynasty influences such as auspicious clouds, lotus and dragons. Ameco, a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa German Airlines established in 1989, provides completion and maintenance services for private and business jets.