World Fuel Services has bolstered the reach of its sponsored Air Elite FBO Network (Stand 498) into China with the announcement that Deer Jet, the largest business aviation company in the Asia Pacific region, has joined the group. Deer Jet, which was the first business aviation company in China, is the only company to operate a chain of dedicated FBOs in the country. Air Elite, which subjects prospective members to audits of service standards, welcomed 12 new locations this year, and now encompasses 62 FBOs worldwide.
“The addition of our new Air Elite FBO members in an emerging market like China truly reflects the diversity of this network and our desire to grow Air Elite as a global standard in FBO service,” said John Rau, World Fuel Services’ executive vice president for global aviation and marine. “Service excellence in our industry transcends borders and cultures. We are honored to welcome these FBOs.”
Earlier this year, the two companies expanded their eight-year relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which paved the way for Deer Jet to begin accepting World Fuel’s Avcard at all of its locations for payment of fuel, ground handling and maintenance.
Starting with the construction of its first location in 2008, Deer Jet (Stand 563) now operates eight FBOs, these being at Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen; Sanya Phoenix International Airport; Haikou Meilan International Airport in Hainan Province; in Guangxi at Nanning Wuxu International Airport; Guilin Liangjiang International Airport; Xi’an Xianyang International Airport; Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport; and at Changsha Huanghua lnternational Airport.
The company is involved in virtually all aspects of business aviation in China, including a maintenance joint venture with Gulfstream. “Deer Jet operates Asia’s largest private jet fleet and is dedicated to enhancing its FBO ground handling services capabilities across China,” noted Li Zheng, the company’s executive vice president. “By joining Air Elite Diamond Service Network, we add a new milestone to the enhancement of our services, strengthening our competitiveness in China’s business aviation industry.”