Charter start-up Big White Bear Jet (Booth P216) will be open for business in August this year. Located in the Shunyi Bonded Zone at Beijing Capital Airport, the company will offer management and charter services, and has also established a base that will offer aircraft maintenance and crew training.
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.
The Airbus ACJ318 in the ABACE static display represents the first time Airbus has shown one of its business jets in Shanghai.
Gulfstream is on track to open its new service center in Beijing Capital International Airport by the end of this year.
Hawker Beechcraft found itself on the receiving end of the Lion Air spending spree when the Indonesian airline ordered a pair of Hawker 900XPs, with options for two more. The operator says it intends to use the jets, which are scheduled for delivery in the second and third quarters of this year, to meet growing demand for executive charter services throughout Asia. Indonesia, in particular, is a rising regional hotspot thanks to the growth in personal wealth in the country.
Gulfstream Aerospace yesterday announced plans to establish a business jet service center in China. Gulfstream Beijing will be a joint venture with Beijing Capital Airlines (Deer Jet) and Grand China Aviation Technik (GCAT) at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Hainan Airlines Group subsidiary Deer Jet is China’s largest business jet charter provider. Its fleet includes 26 Gulfstream aircraft. GCAT, another Hainan subsidiary, offers aircraft repair, maintenance, and overhaul services.
Beijing-based charter operator Deer Jet has taken delivery of Airbus Corporate Jet Centre’s first VIP cabin completion for a Chinese customer, which is also the first ACJ operated by a Chinese company for dedicated charter.
Airbus has rebranded its corporate jets division as Airbus ACJ, with new aircraft colors and clearer, more consistent names. Each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ,” with the A318 becoming the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the mega-mother of all bizliners, the ACJ380.
According to Airbus Corporate Jets, as business jet use becomes more widespread in mainland China–which is growing increasingly hospitable to general aviation operations in the country–the aircraft will make an important contribution to further expanding its economy.
Deer Jet, China’s largest business-jet charter operator, has been named by Gulfstream Aerospace to support the OEM’s growing fleet of Gulfstreams in China. Beijing-based Deer Jet owns three G550s, two GVs, four GIVs and four G200s.
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