Flying Colours Continues To Rise in the East
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours reports that since the ABACE 2012 show it has delivered four Bombardier Challenger 850s to Asia and has another five Challenger 850s in the pipeline, with completion and delivery to China planned within the next 12 months. In addition, the company has completed two major Global Express refurbishments for China-based clients in the last year. By year-end, Flying Colours will have delivered a total of 15 Challenger 850s to China. As the company’s certification experience with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) grows, so, too, does the demand for its services. “There is a specific process that has to be followed and it takes time,” said John Gillespie, the company’s president. “We have now had extensive experience so we can anticipate what the authority needs. Likewise, the CAAC officials know they can rely on us to provide the necessary documents. This is a real bonus for our clients as it means an aircraft can enter service as soon as it arrives.” Gillespie said he anticipates having a base and capability to carry out refurbishment work in the region by year-end.