Dubai-based UAS International Trip Support said this week at ABACE 2014 that it is enhancing its aircraft handling services to bridge a trip-support gap between China and Africa. UAS already has a strong presence in China, handling 25 to 50 operations per day into and out of the country. It plans to open a regional office in China next year in response to the strengthening economic ties between what are said to be the two fastest growing business jet markets, China and Africa, the latter linked primarily to the growth of business aviation activity in Nigeria.
“Yuan Fang, what do you think?” goes the catchphrase from China’s TV equivalent to detective Sherlock Holmes. The amazing sleuth Di Renjie depends on his assistant Yuan Fang for sound counsel, as he never knows the answer himself.
It’s not a bad way to approach what is happening the business aviation market in the greater China region today. The sector remains temptingly elusive for the big manufacturers, and has yet to deliver the huge prizes promised a few short years ago.
The business jet fleet will continue to expand in mainland China, just not at the breakneck levels seen last year, according to a First-half 2013 Greater China Fleet Report from Hong Kong-based business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG). It now predicts that the Chinese fleet of new and used business jets will grow by 18 percent this year, versus 40 percent last year.
“An increasingly prosperous population, an influx of multinational companies, relaxation of the low-altitude airspace rule and a string of growth stimulus expected from [new leaders] means there will be an unprecedented demand for business air travel in China,” Jackie Wu, president of Hong Kong-based business aviation consultancy Jetsolution, said last week at a luxury goods show in Xian, China.