Cessna Aircraft and the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic), this morning, are expected to give more details of their plans to begin joint production of business jets in China. The two companies are holding a press conference here at the ABACE show in Shanghai, following last Friday’s signing of two strategic agreements in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
Bombardier Business Aircraft currently commands one-third of the business jet market in China, company vice president of sales for Russia, CIS, Asia Pacific, China and Australia Christophe Degoumois said today at Abace. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer expects the number of aircraft in China to increase dramatically over the next 20 years. By 2030 it foresees that Chinese customers will have received more than 2,300 new business jets. Degoumois noted that the Asian market “is a new-aircraft driven market, unlike Latin America, which is an important pre-owned market.”
Castle & Cooke Aviation’s FBO at Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii now has the capability to refuel larger airliners and cargo airplanes.
Gulfstream is on track to open its new service center in Beijing Capital International Airport by the end of this year.
Last month FlightSafety International and Gulfstream Aerospace opened a new learning center in Hong Kong to serve Asian operators of the G450 and G550 jets. Equipped with a G550 level-D-qualified full-flight simulator that is convertible to a G450, the new facility expects to provide 250 “training events” this year, according to David Davenport, manager of FlightSafety’s Savannah learning center, a key player in defining the Hong Kong facility and its responsible manager now that it is up and running.
Embraer appears to be leading the way among foreign business aircraft manufacturers looking to forge production partnerships in China. The Brazilian company secured an agreement with Avic last April to produce super-midsize Legacy 600s and 650 aircraft at Harbin in northern China through Avic subsidiary Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co.
Embraer last Friday delivered the first of 13 Legacy 650 aircraft to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. (MSFL).
As UAVs become more prevalent, their capabilities will continue to develop. If you haven’t seen the videos demonstrating the nano-quadrotor UAVs under development at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, then you are missing something.
With Chinese customers having expressed a clear preference for larger private aircraft, it is little wonder that Boeing Business Jets has proved popular in greater China. Of the 10 BBJs sold so far, four are already in service–two with DeerJet in mainland China, one with MetroJet in Hong Kong and another with a private owner in Taiwan.