Out of the approximately 420,000 business jet flights in Europe last year, perhaps as many as 2,500 could have been eliminated, according to research by online charter market place and data provider Avinode (Booth 5134). While one of private aviation’s major value propositions is its broad routing network, which resulted in around 139,000 empty legs in Europe alone in 2013, the Göteborg, Sweden-based company believes that more efficient communication in the industry could reduce that number, especially between frequently linked city pairs.
Requests for charter flight price quotes, a bellwether of business aviation activity, have been growing in China by more than 20 percent annually over the past three years, according to data released on the eve of ABACE 2014 by Avinode (Booth H430).
U.S. Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) thinks Taiwan should be allowed to join the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), making that Asian country eligible for more of the organization’s safety oversight support. The People’s Republic of China is an established ICAO member state and the latest proposal is controversial because it does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.
Mainland China is increasing the pressure on Taiwan’s air defenses. Modernized with more than 250 J-11 fighters (Russian or license-built Sukhoi Su-27/30) and 50 Chinese-designed J-10 interceptors, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is flying combat air patrols up to the middle of the Taiwan Straits. This has been the unofficial dividing line between China and Taiwan for more than 50 years.