Membership of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is growing as the group’s new leadership team takes steps to expand its operations. According to AsBAA chairman Jean-Noel Robert, 10 new member companies have joined the Hong Kong-based group in recent weeks.
Flying Colours, which specializes in interior completions and refurbishments, has partnered with Hong Kong-based Metrojet, a charter, management, maintenance, acquisition and sales company.
Hawker Beechcraft has selected the base locations for its previously announced mobile technical support team’s ground support vehicles. The West Coast team, covering Arizona, Nevada and California, is based at AvJet in Burbank. The Northeast team, which covers New York, New Jersey and Virginia, will be based at Hawker Beechcraft's Wilmington facility. The ground support vehicles are supplemented by a dedicated support aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has opened a new regional headquarters office in Beijing to cover the North Asia region, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. According to the company it has also added local employees and strengthened its sales and marketing network in the region. The office will support all HBC operations, including maintenance.
Canadian independent completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, is anticipating a growth in business from outside the traditional North American market.
The company was at Ebace to promote its MRO, completion and refurbishment work, but in particular the outfitting of green Challenger 850 large-cabin aircraft under contract with manufacturer Bombardier as well as with end-users.
Many companies boast of being the best, but Metrojet bills itself as “Asia Pacific’s business aviation leader” with some justification. It is a subsidiary of The Hong Kong Aviation Group HKAG (itself a subsidiary of the Kadoorie Group, which owns China Light and Power and the Peninsula hotel chain).
You would not expect to see a VIP step out of a limousine and walk into a shabby burger bar. Unfortunately, the makeshift buildings and rudimentary facilities on offer at airfields in many parts of Asia offer just such a down-market experience.
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.