China’s Nanshan Jet placed an order for a Gulfstream G650 today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The charter operator, with bases in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, is a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group. It is expected to take delivery of the new very-high-speed, ultra-long-range jet in late 2014 or early 2015 and is third G450 next year.
The official launch of Hong Kong’s Asian Sky Group, a new business-aviation consulting firm, took place yesterday here at the ABACE show in Shanghai. Backed by Seacor Capital and Avion Pacific, Asian Sky is a strategic venture designed to leverage the two firms’ businesses and networks.
The new Shenzhen Business Aviation Center that opened for business in late December is tangible evidence that at long last China is getting serious about providing infrastructure for this segment of air transport. Indeed, it is effectively the first purpose-built FBO in southern mainland China.
Mesa Air Group will help establish a new Chinese regional airline under a contract it signed in late December with China’s Shenzhen Airlines. The deal gives Mesa a 25-percent stake in the new company, expected to launch service by the end of the year with 50-seat regional jets. The 500 million yuan ($64 million) venture gives Shenzhen Airlines a 51-percent stake as required by Chinese law and Delaware-based Wilmington Trust Corp.
During 2005 Gulfstream Aerospace sold 16 business jets in the Asia/Pacific region including the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and the second large-cabin, mid-range G200 to operate in the People’s Republic of China.
Lufthansa Technik has won contracts worth more than $100 million to provide total component support (TCS) and total engine support (TES) for the six Boeing 747-400ER freighters due to be delivered to Chinese start-up Jade Cargo International through January 2008.
As business aviation operations expand in China, more U.S. companies are establishing local offices to market their products and services. Aviatrade, a New Jersey-based jet acquisition consultancy specializing in Gulfstreams, has opened a branch office, Aviatradeasia, in Shenzhen, China. Meanwhile, AirCare Solutions Group of Olympia, Wash., has opened an office in Beijing to market its Facts cabin training program to Asian-based operators.