The number of Gulfstream jets in the Asia Pacific region has more than tripled in the last six years, according to the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer. At its press conference here at ABACE on Monday, Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream, noted that the number of the company’s large-cabin twinjets in the region has risen from 50 to 169 since 2007. Overall, the manufacturer, which claims 63 percent of the large-cabin market and 65 percent of the super-midsize market, has 208 aircraft based in the area, including 61 in mainland China and 45 in Hong Kong.
Bangkok, Thailand-based charter group OrientSkys recently announced a new strategic business alliance with Beijing Airlines (formerly Air China Business Jet). Beijing Airlines, which Air China established in 2003 as the state-owned airline’s private charter arm, operates a Bombardier Challenger 605 and a Global Express XRS, as well as a Gulfstream G450 and a 28-seat Boeing Business Jet for charter.
Zurich-based Jet Aviation’s Hong Kong facility recently received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to provide maintenance for Gulfstream’s new flagship, the ultra-long-range G650, the aviation service provider (Booth P1216) announced here at ABACE.
Jet Aviation has joined the Paragon Aviation Group, a network of FBOs that is committed to providing “premium customer service.” As such, Jet Aviation’s six U.S. facilities–at Boston/Bedford, Mass.; Dallas and Houston; St. Louis, Mo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Teterboro, N.J.–are part of the network, which now encompasses 23 locations in North America.
Jet Aviation St. Louis received its first Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) last month, and a second is scheduled to arrive later this spring. Both aircraft will undergo maintenance and minor interior upgrades. Construction of a hangar sized for single-aisle bizliners, training of technicians and investment in infrastructure paved the way for the BBJ projects. The MRO sent technicians to its sister facility in Basel, Switzerland, to gain first-hand experience working on BBJs. The cooperative work program began in early 2010.
Last year the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai was reborn on a wave of growing confidence in China as an emerging market for business aviation goods and services. It drew 156 companies to the 43,000-sq-foot exhibit floor.
Jet Aviation St. Louis welcomed its first Boeing Business Jet last month and its second BBJ is scheduled to arrive this spring, the company announced today. Both aircraft will have maintenance and minor interior upgrades performed at the facility. To capture BBJ completions and maintenance work at the St. Louis outpost, the company built a hangar sized for single-aisle bizliners and invested in other infrastructure. It has also sent St. Louis technicians to Jet Aviation’s sister facility in Basel, Switzerland, to gain first-hand experience working on BBJs.
At NBAA’s annual Schedulers & Dispatchers conference, held this year in January in San Antonio, more than 2,400 registered attendees from 30 countries received a hearty Texas welcome to the Alamo City.
Jet Aviation Dubai has opened an FBO at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport. The company was granted permission to operate an FBO at the field permanently following its appointment as the dedicated ground handling service provider for MEBA 2012 in December, which was held for the first time at Al Maktoum Airport.
Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.