ABACE Convention News - 2013

ABACE Convention News
Hongkong Jet hangar

Business aviation in China is a challenging occupation, but Hongkong Jet has tapped into a market where customers expect a high level of service and are willing to pay the extra cost. “Here in Asia, people don’t mind paying extra for better service,” said Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet, which is headquartered in Hong Kong and is the business aviation arm of China’s HNA Group. Hongkong Jet and sister company Deer Jet are exhibiting aircraft here on the static display.

Eurocopter E175

Eurocopter’s presence in China goes back more than 40 years to the first sale of an Alouette III helicopter in the country in 1967. But since then, the European manufacturer has set down much deeper roots in China and the new twin-engine EC175 (or Z15, as the Chinese version is known) represents the latest stage in a wide-ranging cooperation with China’s Avicopter (see box) through the Shanghai-based joint venture Eurocopter China.

Bangkok, Thailand-based charter group OrientSkys recently announced a new strategic business alliance with Beijing Airlines (formerly Air China Business Jet). Beijing Airlines, which Air China established in 2003 as the state-owned airline’s private charter arm, operates a Bombardier Challenger 605 and a Global Express XRS, as well as a Gulfstream G450 and a 28-seat Boeing Business Jet for charter.

For all the excitement that business aviation is stirring up among Chinese high-net-worth individuals, there are two groups of products that they do not seem ready to embrace: light jets and pre-owned aircraft. For now, the market remains resolutely focused on larger, long-range jets and brand-new models ordered straight from the factory.

Eurocopter EC135

India’s yet-to-take off helicopter emergency medical services program (HEMS) received a boost earlier this year with a firm contract for seven Eurocopter EC135s by Bangalore-based Aviators Ltd. signed in the presence of visiting French president François Hollande.

ABACE 2013 at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport is not only about aircraft. Just as important are the conferences, educational sessions and conversations among attendees.

Aircraft are the main attraction at airshows and aviation conventions and ABACE 2013 at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport is no exception. Here are some of the 33 aircraft in the static display area.

At the first ABACE held in Shanghai in 2005, “We planted a seed,” NBAA president Ed Bolen said at ABACE 2013. “Thanks to a visionary number of leaders here in Shanghai and throughout the Chinese government, we’ve been able to see that seedling grow.” Evidence of that growth is visible at this year’s ABACE, with 33 airplanes on static display, more than 180 exhibitors and an expected double-digit jump in attendance to more than 6,000 people.

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Hong Kong-based Pacific-China Aero Technology (PCAT) has signed an exclusive training agreement with global training provider CAE, which is based in Canada. PCAT is a new customer for CAE (Booth P1012) and will send pilots for training in the Gulfstream G450, Beechcraft King Air 350, Cessna Citation XLS, XL, Sovereign and III platforms. Pilot training begins in May on the Sovereign at CAE’s facility near New York City.

April 17, 2013, 10:50 PM

At last year’s ABACE show, potential helicopter exhibitors were told that they had to truck their aircraft into the static display because of a ban on helicopters at Hongqiao Airport. That policy changed this year.

“On Sunday, a Bell 407 was the first civil helicopter ever to land here in Hongqiao,” said Roger Whyte, NBAA’s special counsel to the president. “It wasn’t easy to get permission, and it’s taken a long time to go through all the authorities to get permission, but we got it.”

April 17, 2013, 10:45 PM

Australia’s Hawker Pacific Group, which provides aircraft sales and support in Asia and the Middle East, has establishment a new aircraft-management service based at Singapore Seletar Airport.

Known as Hawker Pacific Aircraft Management, the new service offers “modular” management solutions for customers, such as a 24/7 operations control center, crewing, trip services (including ground handling and permits), fueling, administration and maintenance management.

April 17, 2013, 10:40 PM

They say the first year can be the best, and for Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group (ASG, Chalet 370) it has been a sweet first year. The company has completed several aircraft transactions during the past 12 months, and executed several long-term consulting agreements. In the last quarter, ASG participated in transactions totaling $140 million for both new and pre-owned aircraft as diverse as a Cessna Citation CJ1+ and an Airbus ACJ319.

April 17, 2013, 10:35 PM

Hong Kong-based Jetsolution International Services, a business aviation consultancy, announced here at ABACE 2013 a partnership with Switzerland’s Global Jet (Booth P103) aimed at supporting Jetsolution’s aircraft-owner clients in Asia.

April 17, 2013, 10:30 PM

The strong business aviation presence at Malaysia’s LIMA air show held last month on the island of Langkawi was testament to the fact that the industry’s growth in the Asia Pacific region extends well beyond China.

April 17, 2013, 10:25 PM

After spending many years introducing business jets to Chinese owners and founding his own company in 2010 to serve the rapidly evolving market for business aviation in China, Jason Liao has developed a unique perspective about general aviation operations in China. He is also the U.S. National Business Aviation Association’s chief representative in Asia.

April 17, 2013, 10:20 PM

Global Jet, a charter/management firm headquartered in Geneva, has added new business jets to its fleet and re-launched its website to deliver more information about its services and the aircraft that it has available for charter.

April 17, 2013, 10:15 PM

Dallas Airmotive Asia Pacific, based at Singapore’s Seletar Airport, is marking its first year of operation by highlighting several milestones achieved since its opening in February 2012.

The highlights include the company’s receipt of authorizations from CAAS/Singapore, CAAP/Philippines, DGCA/Indonesia, DCA/Thailand and DCA/Malaysia. Authorizations from India, China, and EASA are in progress and may be approved during the Expo, according to the company.

April 17, 2013, 10:10 PM

Fieldtech Asia has joined the Honeywell avionics dealership network in Asia Pacific. Based in Pasay City near Manila, FAA- and CAAP-approved Fieldtech Asia will perform avionics upgrades, repairs and installations of Honeywell avionics in business jets, turboprops and piston-engine airplanes. This includes products such as Honeywell’s traffic collision avoidance system, enhanced ground proximity warning system and weather radars.

April 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

Hong Kong-based Sino Jet (Booth P222) announced here at ABACE 2013 that it has partnered with charter company Aviation Concepts Inc. (ACI) and helicopter specialist Astro Jet to help it grow in the Asia Pacific region.

ACI has locations in Guam (its main base), Narita and Subic Bay, with full FBO and maintenance services at each. “We want to extend our growth throughout Asia,” said Jenny Lau, CEO and owner of Sino Jet, “all the while minimizing duplication in the market. ACI has been in Guam for 12 years and we welcome its common vision.”

April 17, 2013, 10:00 PM

The Kodiaks are coming. At a ceremony at ABACE 2013 on Tuesday, Beijing General Aviation Industry Base Investment Holding Co. (BGA) signed a contract for delivery of two Quest Kodiaks with options for four additional aircraft from Blue Eagle Aviation Investment Co. of Beijing, exclusive distributor in Greater China for the single-engine turbine powered utility aircraft. Made by Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint, Idaho, these would be the first Kodiaks delivered in China.

April 17, 2013, 9:03 PM

The future of business aviation in China will include single-engine jets, so says Jim Rice, chairman and CEO of VisionAire Jets, who is here promoting the Vantage composite jet. Rice came to ABACE 2013 not only to show the Chinese market the benefits of a single-engine jet, but also to tell potential investors about the VisionAire program.

 

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