otherwise dormant Chinese business jet market has come to a turning
point, triggered by the air control relax reform. This week, Airbus
and Boeing have held their press conference, predicting that each of
them will sell over 5 business jets to China each year, while
Bombardier also showed that over the next 10 years, total sales of
business jets in China will reach over 600 units.
to Li Bing, sales superintendent of Boeing Greater China, government,
large corporates, business leaders etc are their main clients. This
year Boeing is expected to deliver 3 business jets, mainly to VIP
charters such as Hainan Airlines, and Air China. Upto now Boeing has
sold 195 business jets worldwide. Although only with 8 Boeing jets,
China is among the fastest growing regions.
Airbus’s business jet marketing in China is much quicker. Among its 170
sets of business jets sold worldwide, China owned 20. This year Airbus
has already sold 2 jets to China, to be delivered to DeerJet and
Southern Airlines. Last year, Airbus sold 15 business jets worldwide,
China took 15%.
The largest business jets represented by
BBJ (Boeing) and ACJ (Airbus) with dozens of passenger capacity, have a
space 4 times that of smaller ones such as Bombardier and Gulfstream.
Their flight range is also much longer. However, with the convenience
of spareparts and repair service sharing of their mainstream jets,
their operation cost is yet lower than those smaller jets, therefore
the big business jets of Boing and Airbus have been securing their
position as the topmost business jet suppliers.
miriad of business aircraft types, helicopter is also an important
member. EuroCopter, world’s largest helicopter manufacturer said, along
with the opening of the low sky, demand of helicotpers in China will
also be released, which is surpressed for too long.
data showed that currently China has no more than 100 private jets,
while the U.S. has more than 18000 business aircrafts.
the moment, the Beijing Capital Airlines, which is a joint venture of
Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Tourism, is the largest business
jet operator, Its predeccessor was the DeerJet. Capital Airlines has 24
business jets, and hence has the largest fleet in Asia Pacific region,
accounting for 90% of China’s total fleet. To meet with the market
change of wealth redistribution to the Orient, China Airlines, Eastern
Airlines and Southern Airlines are also planning for the business
China Airlines plans to set up a joint venture
with the Beijing Municipal Government to operate VIP chartering. A new
type of BBJ jet will be purchased. Previously the China Airlines has
only 4 Gulfstream jets under management. Eastern Airlines invested RMB
50 million in a business jet charter company in 2008, and plans to
incease its fleet to 3 this year. Southern Airlines, until now not yet
involved in business aviation, has also planned to procure a ACJ
business jet, and will probably found an independent business jet
However, air control in China has impeded the
business jet chatering. Passengers are unable to drive directly to
beside the jet to get onboard, nor can they alter their route at the
last moment. In addition, apart from a few cities with business jet
terminals, the rest of Chinese cities have no specialized facilities
for business charters. These two factors have become the two largest
barriers towards successful development of the Chinese business
aviation market and industry, therefore, industry insiders predict that
it needs time before the market will really take off.