Taj Air and Metrojet have entered into a joint venture to offer aircraft maintenance and management services in India. The operation will open in Mumbai at the current Taj Air facility, which will undergo renovation. A new facility is slated to be built. Taj Air has been involved in business aviation in the region since 1993.
Taj Air and Metrojet have formed a joint venture offering aircraft maintenance and management services in India. Based in Mumbai, the operation initially will use the existing Taj Air facility while a new, larger facility is being built. “Metrojet is proud to embark on this venture and combine with Taj Air to better serve the Indian market,” said Björn Näf, CEO of Metrojet.
While the latest reports indicate a decline in the worldwide business jet charter market, certain parts of Southeast Asia are bucking the trend. Hong Kong, in particular, is flourishing. With five locally based operators and several international charter brokers in situ, China’s Special Administrative Region is bursting at the seams.
Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor delivered good news from China in a press conference here yesterday.
The Seattle-based manufacturer (Booth No. 3304) has sold three BBJs in the Asia/Pacific region, one of which is already flying with Hong Kong charter operator Metrojet and is scheduled to make an appearance at Air Show China in Zhuhai in December.
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.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has appointed Metrojet Hong Kong to its network of authorized service centers to support its Hawker 900/800/700 series. Metrojet, located on Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport, is the first HBC-authorized service facility in Hong Kong.
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Cessna’s fifth Citation mobile service unit (MSU) and two-technician crew starts service this week, based at Sheltair Aviation at Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport. “Customer response to the introduction of our new service initiatives through ServiceDirect has been superb, particularly for the mobile service units,” said Mark Paolucci, Cessna senior vice president for customer service.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received joint maintenance management approval from the Civil Aviation Administrations of China and Macau to work on aircraft registered by those respective authorities in Hong Kong. The facility, which recently won designation as an U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station, also has achieved approval by the Hong Kong and Cayman Island authorities during the past year.
Asia is set to be at the epicenter of a resurgence in business jet sales, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s latest market forecast. In the most recent survey, 58 percent of operators in Asia indicated that they intend to replace or expand their fleets over the next five years. This was step up from the 2008 survey, when almost 50 percent had said they would buy new aircraft following a nine-point gain that year compared with 2007.