No one doubts that demand for business aviation is growing in Asia, but is the available aircraft capacity being developed sufficiently to meet this demand? It is not, according to Jean Noel Robert, president of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), who believes that the lack of available charter aircraft is a real impediment to growth.
Private aviation services provider Hong Kong Jet has achieved the international standard for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO) for its business jet charter operation.
Hong Kong-based Sino Jet Management and TWC Aviation have formed a strategic alliance to operate U.S.-registered jets in charter operations in Asia. The alliance marries Sino Jet’s marketing expertise and local knowledge and capabilities with TWC Aviation’s operational experience and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Part 135 charter certificate.
Piaggio Aero (Booth D11) has appointed CAEA Aviation Investment Co. as its exclusive sales agent in China. The Italian manufacturer also has announced CAEA’s first sale here at the Singapore Airshow, comprising two P180 Avanti II turboprops, to an unnamed customer.
In an attempt to curtail the number of audits currently competing for the FBO and charter industry’s business, the National Air Transportation Association has launched a single industry-wide standard that it hopes will eventually replace them all. The NATA Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard is designed to promote industry best practices and the development of safety management systems.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a five-year extension of its partnership authorizing National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (Natacs) to continue as a trusted fingerprint facility to process biological and biometric information for general aviation and commercial aviation worldwide.
Avjet has been offering aircraft sales, acquisition, charter, management services and oversight of completion and refurbishment projects since 1979. Headquartered in Burbank, Calif., the company maintains a presence in Washington D.C., Seoul; Abu Dhabi; Moscow; Tokyo; and other locations around the world. Avjet also owns and operates an FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Trip-Speed is a simple iPhone app that helps aircraft owners and management firms communicate about aircraft availability for charter flights. Aviation attorney Stewart Lapayowker developed Trip-Speed to solve a key problem: getting timely agreement from an owner when a charter trip pops up.
Month-over-month, demand for charter flights looks set to flatten out in January, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode. The group’s forward-looking demand index stood at 95.70, less than half of the pre-Christmas and New Year’s holiday spike of 221.62 seen a month earlier on December 3. However, the January 4 index was some 24 points above where it stood 12 months ago. In the global marketplace, Avinode’s January 4 price index stood at 100.02, which was almost unchanged from last month and moderately up from a year ago.
Private flight brokering group Air Charter Service has launched a new website to offer access to empty-leg flights for Asian customers. Clients can browse www.emptylegasia.com for aircraft availability in the region or sign up for weekly email bulletins offering flights. ACS has offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, South Africa and Spain.