Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is acquiring three Gulfstream 200s (formerly the Galaxy) in a $60-million deal. Deliveries will be in the third and fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2003, says Gulfstream vice president international sales, Roger Sperry.

The G200s will be the first super midsize business jets in the Asia-Pacific region and the first Gulfstreams in China, Sperry adds. Hainan's Deer Jet will operate the aircraft on charter services alongside Raytheon Hawker 800XPs. The development of the business jet market in Asia-Pacific has previously been held back due toa lack of infrastructure, such assecondary airports, and poor access to slots at major airports. Gulfstream vice chairman Bryan Moss says: "Particularly in western China, I suspect that there will be some very quick infrastructure developments." Gulfstream expects to receive European Joint Aviation Authorities' certification for the Gulfstream V by the end of the second quarter.

Source: Flight International