NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business in mid-2014, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. It also has hired “key people” over the past few months in the run-up to the launch of NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation Ltd., which initially will provide aircraft management services.
Switzerland-based Jet Aviation Management (Booth P326) announced here at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai that it is adding two Gulfstream G450s and a new Gulfstream G550 to its managed fleet in Asia, bringing to 30 the number of aircraft it operates in the region.
The G550 and one of the G450s will be based in Hong Kong and maintained by the company’s Hong Kong maintenance facility, a Gulfstream Authorized Warranty Service Center for G450/G550/G650 aircraft. Delivery of the aircraft is expected by the end of next month.
A roster of leading aviation officials from Asia and the U.S. took the stage this morning for the opening session of ABACE 2014, welcoming attendees and exhibitors to what Shanghai Airport Authority president Li Derun called “the must-attend event” for the business aviation industry.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for the Sikorsky S-76D, allowing the U.S. manufacturer to begin deliveries of the helicopter to Chinese customers. The approval, announced yesterday at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, follows earlier CAAC validation of the S-76A and S-76C models. More than 30 Sikorsky S-76-series helicopters currently operate in China. Yunnan Jingcheng Group will be the first company in China to take delivery of an S-76D, scheduled for this month.
The China Business Aviation Group (CBA) and Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet agreed to develop a program to provide the latter company’s aviation database and information services to business aviation users throughout Greater China. JetNet’s database includes information on airframes, engines, avionics and cabin amenities, as well as details on aircraft owners, operators, lessors, lessees, share owners in fractional programs and transaction histories dating back more than 25 years.
Nextant Aerospace is announcing today at ABACE 2014 that it has selected AVIC International Aero-Development as its exclusive sales representative for the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau). This follows Nextant’s appointment of Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Greater China).
Comlux has won a contract to conduct major maintenance and refurbishment work on a Boeing Business Jet “bizliner” based in Asia. The airliner-size business aircraft, operated on behalf of its private owner by Hong Kong-based management company Sino Jet, is due to arrive at the Comlux America completions center in Indianapolis during the second quarter of 2014 and will spend four months there.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has described the results of its 2013 annual safety report as “very positive for global aviation safety outcomes.” The report, released on April 10, showed the 2013 global accident rate to have declined to 2.8 per million departures last year versus 3.2 per million in 2012. The number of fatal accidents among scheduled air carriers, however, remained steady at nine last year. Fatalities plummeted 55 percent from 2012, to 173 from 388. Compared with a 2010 baseline, fatalities are down 74 percent.
One hundred International Civil Aviation Organization member states and nine international organizations agreed on April 7 to adopt new protocols to the 1963 Tokyo Convention related to offenses committed aboard aircraft. ICAO said the agreement was reached after four years of work focused on the increased frequency of incidents involving disruptive and unruly passengers on scheduled commercial flights.
The FAA announced on April 9 that the aviation safety rating of the Philippines has been upgraded to category one from category two after the agency completed an international safety assessment last month. The Philippines’ safety rating was set to category two in 2008 for unspecified safety deficiencies.