Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (Comac) has started building the final assembly line for the homegrown C919 passenger jet near Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. The assembly line is set to be the biggest in China, according to Comac general manager Jin Zhuanglong. It will assemble, test and deliver the new ARJ21 and C919 airliners, as well as including component production and aircraft maintenance facilities.
Difficult airspace and airport access combined with high costs are stunting the growth of business aviation in Asia, but governments in the region are beginning to get the message and are expected to improve the situation before too long. This was the message from Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) president Jason Liao at today's opening general session of the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE).
NBAA has confirmed plans to launch a new annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This July 14 to 16 it will stage a prelude to the new show with its ABACE Forum to be held in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a full-blown event to be held in Shanghai, China, in the summer next year (firm dates to be announced soon).
Phase two manufacturing of sheet metal airframe fabrications and composite materials for the civil market has started at the Smiths Aerospace structures facility at Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province, about 80 miles west of Shanghai. The first phase of the facility, opened last year, manufactures precision-machined aircraft engine components.
Emirates Airline plans to be one of the major international carriers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and the Shanghai World Expo two years later. But these two events are not the only reasons for expansion into China. The People’s Republic is one of the United Arab Emirates’ biggest trading partners and the airline has long targeted growth in routes and frequencies to Chinese cities.
NBAA will host its Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2005) from August 9 to 11 next year in Shanghai, China. ABACE2005 will be the “first major Asian exhibition focused solely on business aviation in Asia, an emerging market with great potential for business aircraft and related products and services,” NBAA said.
All major business aircraft manufacturers are among the 29 exhibitors already booked for the first full Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will be held in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11.
Operators of foreign business aircraft need all the help they can get in China. Shanghai’s Foreign Aircraft Service (Fasco), operating since 1988 under the authority of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, can secure necessary government approvals in as timely a manner as possible. Fasco operates a dedicated business aircraft ramp at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.
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