With the recovery of business aviation in the mature Western markets of Europe and North America still sketchy, Africa has emerged as one of the bright spots of growth, and the jewel in the crown is Nigeria, where oil and gas production has been the principal driver behind a massive growth in business traffic. The rise of the sector in Nigeria has been phenomenal, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. That was the abiding message from the second Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, which was held in Lagos at the end of March.
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 this week at ABACE 2014 by Avinode. Quote requests for flights to and from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan grew from 9,701 in 2011 to 11,684 in 2012 (up around 20.5 percent), and to 14,369 last year (up around 23 percent).
The new board of directors of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA, Booth H527), elected last year, is focusing on reinvigorating the organization to better serve its members and business aviation participants in Asia.
“When we took over in April we decided on core themes,” said David Best, president of Asia Pacific for BBA Aviation and vice-chairman of AsBAA. “We’re working through the issues, how to support the members and working with our sister organizations. This led to a number of projects to be pursued.”
Richard Smith, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI), is leading the delegation of this first-time ABACE exhibitor (Booth H523). He is accompanied by Steve Scott, CAACI flight operations manager, and Guy Healey, airworthiness manager. The Authority considers ABACE an opportunity to connect with aircraft owners, operators and key decision-makers in both the Chinese market and Asian region. The emerging business aviation market in China is synergistic with the affluent target market for the Cayman Island Aircraft Registry, according to CAACI.
A trio of aviation companies from China, Hong Kong and Australia announced today at ABACE 2014 the formation of a new partnership, the China General Aviation Power-Line Service, to offer power line maintenance and associated services to Chinese utility companies.
A trio of aviation companies from China, Hong Kong and Australia announced here on the eve of ABACE 2014 in Shanghai the forming of a new partnership, the China General Aviation Power-Line Service, to offer power line maintenance and associated services to Chinese utility companies.
Business aircraft manufacturers are seeing Indonesia as the emerging country for business aviation in Asia. They believe that sales, albeit still relatively slow, are poised to grow, mainly due to favorable economic and geographic conditions.
Caribbean aviation services provider IAM Jet Centre has opened its newest FBO, at Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport. The 4,200-sq-ft facility will be the company’s third, joining locations in Barbados and Montego Bay, Jamaica. It features in-house customs and immigration facilities, conference rooms and security screening, as well as passenger and crew lounges. According to IAM group managing director Paul Worrell, the facility will connect private aviation passengers with luxury super-yachts that frequent the Grenadines.
Bulgaria’s small air defense force has been scrambled numerous times in the last two months to meet a growing number of surveillance flights being launched by Russia over the Black Sea following developments in Ukraine, according to minister of defense Angel Naidenov. Although none of the flights violated Bulgarian airspace, they approached and flew along the coast and were operating without flight plans, in turn requiring investigation.
Luanda, Angola-based Best Fly Maintenance plans to open a Part 145 line station at Luanda International Airport in the fourth quarter. The new station will offer line maintenance tasks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance checks for the G450/550, Falcon 900, Falcon 7X and King Airs. Best Fly will be qualified to work on more than 30 aircraft types.