China wants help developing a safe business aviation operating environment, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) deputy administrator Xia Xinghua said today at the Abace opening session. “The CAAC sees the development of business aviation as a long-term strategic program. We can learn from our U.S. colleagues and mold the industry together.” U.S. DOT deputy secretary John Porcari said the Asian business aviation market will surpass that of Europe by 2030, and endorsed Xia’s comments.
AINalerts » March 27, 2012
China’s newest charter operator–AllPoints Jet–ordered a pair of Gulfstream jets today at Abace. The G450 and G550 will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 to the company’s base at Chengdu International Airport, from where AllPoints provides charter, management and maintenance. Gulfstream also celebrated deliveries of a midsize G200 to Hong Kong-based Asia Jet and a G450 to Beijing-based Nanshan Jet at the show.
Hong Kong’s Metrojet and California-based Solairus Aviation formed a strategic alliance to offer aircraft management and charter services in Asia, they announced today at Abace. The two companies, respectively holders of Hong Kong and U.S. air operator’s certificates, provide owners with the ability to offer their aircraft for charter to offset aircraft ownership costs.
VistaJet is expanding its program-based charter network through an alliance with Beijing Airlines, Air China’s private aviation subsidiary. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today at the Abace show sets the stage for VistaJet to establish a base in Beijing and eventually provide point-to-point service within China.
At Abace today, Cessna Aircraft senior vice president for business jets Brad Thress elaborated further on the aircraft manufacturer’s joint venture with Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) and the Chengdu provincial government to build midsize Citations in China. He said that the Sovereigns and Latitudes built in China will be assembled in Chengdu from components made at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. “We see this as incremental business.
The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors.
Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.
Jeppesen is offering consolidated and customized flight-planning assistance through its FlightSupport Services, along with new route-planning functionality for its Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad. With the enhancement to Jeppesen FliteSupport Services, company experts act as an extension of the customer’s flight department, providing customized delivery of international flight-planning and operations assistance.
Hong Kong-based Sino Jet founder and CEO Jenny Lau sealed a strategic alliance with TWC Aviation, a U.S.-based business aviation operator, today at Abace. Lau, along with TWC director of business development Greg Johnson and CEO Andrew Richmond, signed the agreement at the show. Sino Jet currently manages five jets in China, including Jackie Chan’s Embraer Legacy 650.
Today at Abace, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at Hongqiao International Airport was confirmed as Dassault’s new Falcon service center in China. The operation should be up and running by the end of June, Dassault said. The contract was signed on the show floor by Frank Youngkin, Dassault Falcon’s senior vice president for customer service; Carey Matthews, general manager of the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre; and SHPBAS deputy general manager George Lu.
Beijing-based EarthView Image signed an order for a special-mission Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx today at Abace. The company will use the turboprop twin for aerial mapping. Yesterday at Abace, the Wichita aircraft manufacturer logged orders for three C90GTxs from Xinjiang Tianxiang Aviation College and the Civil Aviation University College of China. Both plan to use the King Airs for multi-engine training.
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