Fuel supplier Avfuel is looking to add several Asian bases to its branded FBO network to support growing business aviation traffic in the region. The Michigan-based company already has more than 600 dealers across the U.S. and provides a diverse portfolio of products and services, including incentives for pilots using its Avtrip offering.
ABACE Convention News » March 27, 2012
The world leader in fractional ownership is coming to China, but fractional shares won’t be on its service menu here–at least for the time being. After years of looking to enter the Chinese private aviation market, here at the ABACE show yesterday NetJets finally confirmed plans for a new joint venture in the People’s Republic of China.
Dassault Falcon expects to deliver 20 Falcon business aircraft a year to China over the next five years, and confirmed that it is to open Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services-China by the end of June in partnership with Shanghai Hawker Pacific.
Bombardier has brought just over one third of the business aircraft on display here at the ABACE show. Appropriately enough, that’s just about the share of the market in China claimed by the Canadian airframer, according to Christophe Degoumois, Bombardier’s vice president of business aircraft sales for Russia, CIS, Asia Pacific, China and Australia.
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) will take place at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport for at least the next four years, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president Ed Bolen said at the show yesterday.
On the press day preceding the opening of ABACE 2012, Embraer brand ambassador and actor Jackie Chan took ceremonial delivery of his Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet. (Photos by David McIntosh)
ABACE show host Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC) has been approved by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) to perform maintenance on Bombardier’s Global 5000 and ultra-long-range Global Express/XRS series of business jets. Shanghai Hawker Pacific is the first approved Part 145 facility in China.
Membership of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) has risen from 45 to 58 over the past year, with the most recent company to sign up joining just before yesterday’s annual general meeting held on the eve of the ABACE show in Shanghai. The new member is AIN, publisher of ABACE Convention News.
The Airbus ACJ318 in the ABACE static display represents the first time Airbus has shown one of its business jets in Shanghai.
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