The new Daocheng Yading Airport (ZUDC) in the Sichuan province of central China now ranks as the highest-elevation civil airport in the world at 14,472 feet (4,411 meters) above sea level. The airport took two years to construct and began operations last week using a single 13,780-foot-long runway.
Geography of China
Show organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association have set April 15 to 17, 2014 as the dates for next year’s ABACE show, which again will be held at China’s Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. “Organizers are hard at work to make ABACE 2014 an even more successful demonstration of the significance of business aviation in Asia-Pacific, and in the months ahead we’ll have a number of exciting announcements to share,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, adding that the Asian business aviation show “will build on the success of previous years.”
This week China’s Metrojet , a leading operator and maintenance provider in Asia, has announcedhas signed a partnership agreement with The Leather Institute of Red Bank, New Jersey. Under the agreement The Leather Institute will provide its aircraft interior care and leather component refinishing services at Metrojet’s facilities.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, which opened in April 2010 at Hongqiao International Airport, celebrated its 10,000th flight movement on Saturday. The milestone flight was a Cayman Islands-registered Challenger 604. According to facility general manager Carey Matthews, Shanghai is capturing 33 percent of all Chinese business aviation traffic. Business jet flight activity for both Pudong and Hongqiao during the first four months of this year is up 17 percent, compared with the same period last year.
ABACE 2013 broke the records on all fronts as it closed today, according to show organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Attendance was up more than 20 percent from ABACE 2012, with 7,714 people walking through the door at this year’s show, which was held this week at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, China.
Private aviation support provider Universal Weather & Aviation has augmented its network in Asia with a Hong Kong trip support office, now open 24/7 to meet growing demand in the region. Universal has assembled a team with local and cultural knowledge to assist its customers. According to the company, which has operated in the region for more than three decades, its Asia-based clients are using their aircraft more and taking more trips outside the region.
The general theme of all the speakers at the ABACE opening session this morning was one of cooperation of efforts to bring a vibrant and viable business aviation industry to China. “Business aviation generates jobs, allows companies to be productive and efficient and helps the country in times of natural disaster,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet has teamed with Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation Co. to expand its business jet maintenance business into mainland China, the companies announced today at ABACE 2013. Located in a newly built 15,000-sq-ft hangar at Zhuhai Airport, Metrojet Hanxing now offers the same full range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services–in addition to authorizations for the same list of OEMs–as that at Metrojet’s facility at Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
UK-based Gama Aviation (Booth P912) has been expanding rapidly in recent years, branching out from its home at the London-area TAG Farnborough Airport to set up bases in the U.S., Dubai, Sharjah and Switzerland, as well as establishing a presence at Glasgow in Scotland. And now China is firmly in its sights for growth.
“This is a milestone in the history of business aviation,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen at a press kickoff event for ABACE 2013 held in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority. “We’re delighted to be back in Shanghai.” The first ABACE was held in Shanghai 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.”