China’s ICBC Leasing has signed a firm order with Airbus covering a total of 50 A320-family narrowbodies, including 30 current-generation A320s and 20 A320neos.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance approval to ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in a move that significantly boosts the country’s still limited maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for business aircraft. The joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation and Tianjin Haite is now cleared to provide support for most Bombardier executive jets.
The Avicopter AC311 light single-engine utility helicopter had its type certification “recommended” under China’s approval procedures last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) type certification examination committee recommended issuance of the type certificate in a meeting held on May 4 in Beijing.
Global medical travel services provider International SOS has opened a new international healthcare clinic in China, with its Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) facility joining existing clinics in Beijing, Nanjing and downtown Tianjin. The clinics supply medical care and emergency response to travelers and expatriates.
China’s Tianjin Airport has reported exponential growth in its corporate aviation business, which increased by 30 percent between 2010 and 2011. In recent years, the city has seen rapid economic development, which has led to the rise of business aviation movements and related enterprises. The number of private aviation movements at the airport has risen by 131 percent since 2008, from 10 to 15 per month to around 35 per month in 2010.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China, based at Binhai International Airport in Tianjin, claims to be making rapid progress toward becoming a fully functioning business jet aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China, which provides maintenance, technical support and aircraft-on-the-ground services in Tianjin and Beijing, has been appointed an authorized avionics dealer for Honeywell in mainland China. Under the agreement, the Tianjin-based business aviation specialist will promote, sell and support the full range of Honeywell’s avionics products, warranties and protection plans for Chinese business jets.
The first China Helicopter Exposition was scheduled to be held in Tianjin from September 15 to 18. Organizers expected approximately 200 exhibitors, including all major helicopter manufacturers. AOPA China’s helicopter fly-in, scheduled for September 22 through 24, was postponed after the fatal crash of a Beijing City Police Department helicopter raised questions about airspace accessibility.
China’s Harbin Embraer Aircraft has delivered the last serial-production Embraer ERJ 145 ever built to Tianjin Airlines. Also the 41st ERJ 145 produced in Harbin since the first airplane rolled out of the factory in December 2003, the airplane landed at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on April 26 following a ferry flight from the site of Embraer’s 50-50 joint venture with Avic subsidiary Harbin Aircraft.
China had a substantial presence at Heli-Expo 2011 in the form of French event organizer BCI Aerospace, which is the lead in putting together the China Helicopter Exposition, to be held September 15 to 18 in Tianjin.