“This is a milestone in the history of business aviation,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen during yesterday’s press luncheon, which heralded the launch of ABACE 2013 in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority. “We’re delighted to be back in Shanghai,” He added, referring to the fact the first ABACE was held in Shanghai back in 2005. “With that initial show, we planted a seed,” Bolen said. “Thanks to a visionary number of leaders here in Shanghai and throughout the Chinese government, we’ve been able to see that seedling grow.”
Nextant Aerospace announced yesterday at ABACE 2013 in Shanghai that it has appointed China Great Wall Industry Corp. as its exclusive sales agent for the greater China region. The new China dealer has also placed an initial order for up to 18 Nextant 400XTs (three firm orders and 15 options) potentially worth $89 million.
Embraer has taken an order for a Lineage 1000 bizliner for a customer in China, the aircraft manufacturer announced today at ABACE. “We can’t reveal the customer’s name,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards, “but I can tell you that we’re absolutely delighted to have this company honor us with the order.” The aircraft will be delivered in the first half of this year. Embraer also announced appointment of Hawker Pacific Singapore as an Embraer authorized service center.
Fresh off the shedding of its business jet division, Beechcraft Corp., in its first major international show since its February restructuring, is turning its focus at ABACE on its market-leading turboprop division. According to company chairman, president and CEO and Shawn Vick, Beechcraft has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with 80 percent less debt and the ability to triple its research investment.
At Dassault Falcon’s ABACE 2013 press conference yesterday the news was all good. “In January we formed a full Chinese subsidiary known as Dassault Falcon Business Services Company, located in Beijing,” Jean Rosanvallon, CEO of Dassault Falcon, told AIN. The French company has been doing well in Asia, with its flagship 7X aircraft, in particular, selling very well. Rosanvallon said that, as of 2011, China has become Dassault Falcon’s number-one market, even ahead of the U.S.
Beijing-based Blue Eagle Aviation Investment jumpstarted the ABACE 2013 sales action with an order from Beijing General Aviation (BGA) for the first Quest Kodiak single-turboprop utility aircraft to be delivered in China.
Lufthansa Technik (Booth H108) proved here yesterday that it is the market leader of narrowbody and widebody VIP completions for Asian customers, having outfitted 16 of 21 bizliners based in the region. “Asia has one of the highest growth rates for the VIP aircraft market,” according to Lufthansa Technik senior vice president of marketing and sales Walter Heerdt.
India has decided to reduce the advance-application requirements for foreign-registered aircraft to enter the country from seven to three business days for landing permits, and from three days to one business day for overflights. The move is a significant breakthrough for business aircraft operators, who have long complained that Indian bureaucracy has undermined the flexibility they seek to deliver.
Demand for charter flights in Asia has grown significantly from the first quarter of 2012 through the first quarter of 2013, according to online charter marketplace Avinode (Booth H308). The number of available aircraft in the Asia region has climbed nearly 50 percent during that time period. “This marks a significant upturn from the 5-percent growth recorded over the previous year,” the company said.
Embraer announced yesterday at ABACE 2013 that it has taken an order for a Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet for a customer in China. “We can’t reveal the customer’s name,” said Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets, “but I can tell you that we’re absolutely delighted to have this company honor us with the order.” The aircraft will be delivered in the first half of this year.