With this year’s Asian Business Association Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) now less than three weeks away, aircraft brokerage firm Asian Sky Group has released a comprehensive survey of the number and types of business jets operating in China. According to the Hong Kong-based company’s report, the fleet of private jets in the greater China area numbered 336 as of the end of last year, with 57 percent based in mainland China and 33 percent in Hong Kong (the remaining 10 percent presumably based in Macau and Taiwan).
Hawker Beechcraft appointed Ted Farid as sales vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, which spans all of North and South Asia, including India. He joined HBC in 1996 and has most recently served as senior vice president for international sales and new business development. For now, Farid will continue to be based at Beechcraft’s headquarters in Wichita, but he plans to relocate to the Asia-Pacific region, mostly likely either Singapore or Hong Kong.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a satellite flight department in Hong Kong to support Gulfstream operators in Asia, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. Five pilots–three large-cabin demonstration pilots, one mid-cabin demonstration pilot and a chief pilot–staff the office.
Raytheon says tapping into Asia’s urgent need to update its air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure to handle rapid growth in air traffic is one of its key priorities. The company recently responded to a request for proposals from Vietnam and Thailand, and opportunities are surfacing in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, said the U.S. company.
The civil aviation authorities for mainland China, Macau, Canada and the Cayman Islands have accepted Hongkong Jet as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. They follow recognition by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “With the strong growth in business aviation in mainland China and customers’ increasing level of sophistication, more customers on the mainland are requesting maintenance services to international standards as they travel to Hong Kong and beyond,” said Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet announced today that it anticipates that the FAA will grant it approval next month to maintain Embraer Lineage 1000s and Legacy 600/650s. Embraer granted authorization to Metrojet last November to be the first service center in greater China for those models. The company already holds maintenance approvals from Hong Kong, Canada, Bermuda, Isle of Man, Taiwan and Cayman.
Aerochine Aviation (Booth P702), the independent representative for Bell Helicopter in China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2009, reports that last year was a banner one for the company’s sales in China.
No one doubts that demand for business aviation is growing in Asia, but is the available aircraft capacity being developed sufficiently to meet this demand? It is not, according to Jean Noel Robert, president of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), who believes that the lack of available charter aircraft is a real impediment to growth.
Jet Aviation (ABACE Booth P516), a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based General Dynamics, has added interior completions to the capabilities of its facility in Hong Kong.
Continued overcrowding and access problems at key Asia Pacific airports such as Hong Kong International mean that Subic Bay in the Philippines is well placed to serve as a business aviation hub for the region, according to Aviation Concepts, which last year opened an FBO there.