Air China started a new route : Uuhan – Chiangmai since December 10, 2013. These flights will be available twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. This new route is to cater to the growth of Chinese tourists who are more and more keen to visit Thailand following the success of the movie “Lost in Thailand”. As Air China have recently opened another route: Peking – Chiangmai, this new Uuhan – Chiangmai route will firmly place Air China as a formidable carrier of the region. This will also be beneficial to many connecting fliers, especially chinese who can now catch connecting flights from Uuhan instead of Peking.
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Sikorsky Helicopter announced earlier last year that they will be opening an office in Malaysia, further strengthening their presence in Asia.
Sikorsky made this announcement at around the same time they are putting their newest helicopter, the S-92 Legacy of Heroes, a helicopter designed for natural disaster and other humanitarian services amongst other role, on a tour around Asia. This tour lasted two weeks and the S-93 also made an appearance at the LIMA Air Show in Malaysia.
Earlier last year, Diamond Aircraft posted report which states their their sales number have increased as much as 33% which shows a continual positive trend for the bright company and is a good sign for future growth. They delivered 185 aircraft as opposed to 139 the year before. Diamond jets attribute their success to the launch of many new aircraft including the DA42-L360, DA20, G500, DA40 Tundra, and DA42NG. Diamond Aircraft airplanes are flown in almost every parts of the world.
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All Nippon Helicopter of Japan placed an order for 2 brand new AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopter with the Japanese Branch of Eurocopter. The two helicopters will replace two aging rotary wing aircraft currently in used by NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster, and will be used in news gathering missions.
ANH is the subcontractor for NHK in its aerial news gathering mission. Their fleet consists of 12 Eurocopter helicopters, six of them are AS365 N2 and the other six EC135 T2. THe two new helicopters recently ordered will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.
Unlike other places in the world, Japan has one of the biggest market for electric news gathering. Because of this, Japanese broadcaster is much more likely to buy their own helicopter than broadcasters in other countries. For this reason, a lot of aerial surveillance and in-flight broadcasting has been developed in Japan and only available there.
Diamond Aircraft announced in a statement that in keeping with the earth’s green agenda, they are to pursue unleaded fuel capacity for their aircraft which currently uses gasoline. This capacity will be first introduced in the company’s flagship model the DA40 single engine and the DA42 twin engine which are powered by Lycoming. This, Diamond Aircraft claims, will offer their client an environment friendly solution that may be more suitable for certain geographical regions.
In April of this year, the second Gulfstream 450 was introduced by Nanshan Jet. This quickly rising Chinese aviation company established a branch in Beijing after receiving the green light from CAAC North China Regional Administration. In the company’s nascent stage, it will operate from Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen and provide flights to five continents. The company boasts 5 brand new airplane in their fleet which includes CHallenger 605, Glbal Express XRS, Gulfstream 450, Gulfstream 550 and BBJ.
In late of March, 10 Beechcraft Corporation announced that they sold 10 of their offering, the Beechcraft King Air Turboprob to Avion Pacific Limited, a Chinese aviation company. This business transaction was conducted at the recent Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) which was held in Shanghai and the deal amounted to around $50 million. The newly purchased aircrafts will be put to use in a variety of ways including executive shuttling, training, aerial mapping among others. The airplanes are expected to be delivered in the the last quarter of this year.
Cessna announced in February that their new aircraft, the Cessna Citation Latitude will be given an upgrade while retaining the same price. The upgrade will be primarily in terms of its range which will now be increased to as far as 2,300 nautical miles or 4,259.6 km.
The first buyer of the newly upgraded Cessna Citation Latitude will be the European EFO Aviation GmbH & Co. KG who was evidently very impressed with the added traveling capacity. These first Citation Latitude will be put to use in Germany for standard chartering and transportation of corporate executives.
The Latitude made its debut in 2011at the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention where it was priced at 14.9 million USD.
A new Bombardier Training Center is announced to be open in the Asia-Pacific region. The new training center will be another addition to Bombardier’s growing list of Authorized Training Provider (ATP) which provides training for the Global 5000, Global Express, and Global Express XRS private jets. The new training center will incorporate a Level D Full-Flight Simulator and CAE training program which will significant improve pilot and maintenance program within the region.
This new training center will begin operations in 2013 and will be operated by CAE with whom Bombardier have had successful partnerships in the past. The exact location will be announced at a later date.
Bombardier is making heavy in-roads into the Asia-Pacific region and have recently opened a Regional Support Office in Singapore.
The first sale of a Private Jet by Airbus to a Japanese Client has been made in March 2012. This marks a historic event in aviation as there are relatively few corporate jets in Japan considering the fact that it is such an economic powerhouse. This sale will undoubtedly widen Airbus’s presence in the Asia-Pacific market which is growing more and more widespread.
Private or Corporate jets can be found in many area of the world and it is surprising given Japanese economics power that they are so few and far-in-between there. That may change soon however, thanks to the construction of a private jet dedicated terminal in Tokyo, the Premier Gate Narita.
Including this latest Japanese order, Airbus have had over 170 orders of private jets since they first started making them in mid 1980′s. Airbus is the only Private Jet manufacturer who can proudly claim to have their private jets flying in every continents.