As the number of business jets in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow steadily, so does the need for regular maintenance. As the market matures, operators are seeing the value of guaranteed maintenance plans such as those provided by Jet Support Systems Inc. (JSSI) in North America.
The People’s Republic of China government has done much to make China more “executive aviation friendly,” according to Embraer Executive Jets. But obstacles remain to business aviation growth, said the Brazilian manufacturer.
Korea Airport Corp. (KAC) recently announced a deal with Avjet to build and manage an FBO at Seoul’s Gimpo Airport, close to the city center, with the aim of making it the country’s main business aviation hub. The main airport, Incheon, is some 30 miles from the city center.
Some 200 companies will be exhibiting at the three-day Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which starts next Tuesday at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Organized by NBAA in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority, the event will be located once more at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre–a joint venture between the Shanghai Airport Authority and Hawker Pacific–with the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) co-hosting the event.
Embraer recently delivered the first Phenom 300 to India. Customer Kerala-based Joy Jets will operate the light jet alongside its existing Phenom 100. The operator, which is part of the Joyalukkas chain of jewelry stores, has said it intends to add a longer-range midsize aircraft to its fleet next year.
Business aircraft manufacturers are seeing Indonesia as the emerging country for business aviation in Asia. They believe that sales, albeit still relatively slow, are poised to grow, mainly due to favorable economic and geographic conditions.
Business aviation services group Jet Aviation (Booth P328) is set to significantly boost its maintenance capability in Asia when it completes construction of 79-foot (24-meters) high second hangar at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park by the end of this month. The new $25 million facility will triple the size of its present facility adding almost 54,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Subic Bay, Philippines-based business jet service center Aviation Concepts Technical Services (ACTSI) has added Bermuda DCA AMO approval to its list of regulatory accreditations.
The approval allows the MRO to maintain, repair and return to service Bermuda-registered aircraft built by Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
China’s preference for larger, longer-range business jets will endure for the foreseeable future, according to market analyst Brian Foley. Data from Amstat shows that 63 percent of the 198 business jets in mainland China are large-cabin; 25 percent are midsize and 12 percent are light.
Business aviation flying in Europe last month climbed 22 percent month-over-month and 2.1 percent year-over-year, to 52,931 flights, according to Hamburg, Germany-based business aviation data firm WingX Advance. After three consecutive monthly increases, activity in the first quarter edged up by 1.6 percent from the same period a year ago.