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AA11: Asia Jet charts plan for growth

Hong Kong business jet provider Asia Jet is eyeing growth in the Greater China market, as it prepares to add more aircraft types to its fleet.

It will add a Cessna Citation XLS+, its sixth aircraft, to its fleet by end-May and aims to add its first Bombardier aircraft this year, starting with a Challenger 300 in July. This will be followed by a Challenger 605 at the end of the year, says Asia Jet's CEO Mike Walsh.

It also plans to leverage on a partnership it recently signed with China Eastern Airlines' business aviation division to grow its presence in mainland China.

The three-year partnership will allow for Asia Jet to base aircraft in mainland China, such as a Gulfstream G200 that will be based in Nanyuan Airport south of Beijing. Other aircraft, like a G150, will be based at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, says Walsh.

"We hope to bring two aircraft a year into Hongqiao as well as other domestic airports," he adds.