Difficult airspace and airport access combined with high costs are stunting the growth of business aviation in Asia, but governments in the region are beginning to get the message and are expected to improve the situation before too long. This was the message from Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) president Jason Liao at today's opening general session of the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).
Geography of China
NBAA has confirmed plans to launch a new annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This July 14 to 16 it will stage a prelude to the new show with its ABACE Forum to be held in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a full-blown event to be held in Shanghai, China, in the summer next year (firm dates to be announced soon).
A newly formed regional airline division of Hong Kong commuter helicopter operator Helicopters Hong Kong has signed a deal with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease four new 76-seat Embraer 170s. The first delivery–scheduled for the second half of the year–will mark the climax of nearly two years of preparation for the start-up airline called Hong Kong Express Airways (HKE), as well as the 170’s introduction to Asia.
Phase two manufacturing of sheet metal airframe fabrications and composite materials for the civil market has started at the Smiths Aerospace structures facility at Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province, about 80 miles west of Shanghai. The first phase of the facility, opened last year, manufactures precision-machined aircraft engine components.
As part of its efforts to increase its business in China, Russia’s Rostvertol (Hall 1 Stand E12) is forming a joint venture with Lextern Aviation Supplies of Hong Kong. The two companies hope to complete the registration of the new company, called Rostvertol Helicopters China, in time for the International Airshow in Zhuhai in October this year. Rostvertol Helicopters China will be based in Hong Kong.
NBAA will host its Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005) from August 9 to 11 next year in Shanghai, China. ABACE2005 will be the “first major Asian exhibition focused solely on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services,” NBAA said.
All major business aircraft manufacturers are among the 29 exhibitors already booked for the first full Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will be held in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11.
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