“This is a milestone in the history of business aviation,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen at a press kickoff event for ABACE 2013 held in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority. “We’re delighted to be back in Shanghai.” The first ABACE was held in Shanghai in 2005. “With that initial show, we planted a seed,” Bolen said. “Thanks to a visionary number of leaders here in Shanghai and throughout the Chinese government, we’ve been able to see that seedling grow.”
AINalerts » April 15, 2013
Cessna is making rapid progress with its efforts to operate in China through joint ventures formed with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA), the Wichita-based company said today at ABACE in Shanghai. The joint venture with CAIGA involves building Cessna 208 Grand Caravan EXs in Shijiazhuang and Cessna Citation XLS+s in Zhuhai for the Chinese market.
Gulfstream’s newest jets–the super-midsize G280 and wide-cabin G650–are making their China debut at ABACE, which officially opens tomorrow at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. “We’re excited to bring the G650 and G280, as well as the G150, G450 and G550 to China for our customers to see in person,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal. “Bringing these five aircraft here demonstrates the commitment we’ve made to China and reflects our belief in the strength of this market.”
NetJets’ joint venture in the People’s Republic of China is making headway since announcing its entry into the country’s private aviation market during last year’s ABACE. “We are continuing to make great progress in gaining approval from the Chinese government to establish operations in China,” NetJets told AIN. “We are on target now to have approval in the first quarter of 2014.”
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, which is the host facility for ABACE at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, chalked up an aviation first in China when it received approval last month from the CAAC, China’s airworthiness authority, for maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 900 series, which includes the 900DX, 900LX and 900EX EASy models.
China Great Wall Industry Corp. has been appointed by Nextant Aerospace as its exclusive sales agent for the greater China region, the U.S.-based aircraft remanufacturer announced today at ABACE 2013. The new China dealer has also placed an initial order for up to 18 Nextant 400XTs–three firm orders and 15 options–potentially worth $89 million. According to Nextant, the remanufactured Beechjet 400As will be delivered over the next 24 months to Great Wall in a mix of executive and special-mission configurations.
Beijing-based Blue Eagle Aviation Investment jumpstarted the ABACE 2013 sales action with an order from Beijing General Aviation (BGA) for the first Quest Kodiak turboprop singles to be delivered in China. BGA has placed an order for two Kodiaks, with options for four more. The first aircraft will be delivered following its certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), expected this summer, with the second delivery to follow about six months later. Blue Eagle is the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Lufthansa Technik said today at ABACE that it is the market leader of narrowbody and widebody VIP completions for Asian customers, having outfitted 16 of 21 bizliners based in the region. “Asia has one of the highest growth rates for the VIP aircraft market,” according to Lufthansa Technik senior vice president of marketing and sales Walter Heerdt. In China alone, the Hamburg, Germany-based company has completed a dozen bizliners, with five outfitted narrowbodies delivered last year. Heerdt said Lufthansa Technik will hand over four more completed bizliners this year in China.
On its way to Shanghai, the Pilatus PC-12NG on static display this week at ABACE stopped in Shangri-La for a demonstration of the airplane’s high-altitude capabilities. When the turboprop single took off from Shangri-La Airport in Diqing (elevation 10,787 feet), it had a payload of 2,200 pounds. Included in this payload were six people, including two from the Chinese CAAC (aviation authority), a Chinese navigator and the pilot. The aircraft reportedly used only one third of the airport’s runway before lifting off.
Embraer has taken an order for a Lineage 1000 bizliner for a customer in China, the aircraft manufacturer announced today at ABACE. “We can’t reveal the customer’s name,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards, “but I can tell you that we’re absolutely delighted to have this company honor us with the order.” The aircraft will be delivered in the first half of this year. Embraer also announced appointment of Hawker Pacific Singapore as an Embraer authorized service center.