Tianjin Haite Aircraft Engineering and ExecuJet have extended their co-operation agreement to provide service and support of a range of business jets at a dedicated facility located at Binhai International airport in Tianjin, China. The two-year deal was marked at a dedicated signing ceremony on Tuesday, where Li Biao, chairman of the Tianjin Haite parent company Haite Group, declared that the venture “continues to develop in line with China’s business aviation growth”.

Haite joined forces with ExecuJet in 2010 to develop business aircraft support infrastructure at the airport, 100km (62 miles) southeast of Beijing. The venture, known as ExecuJetHaite, marked the first foray into this niche sector for the Chengdu-headquartered conglomerate – which operates a number of businesses throughout the whole aviation supply chain, including aircraft component manufacture, airliner maintenance, repair and overhaul along with pilot and cabin crew training.

“We brought a popular business aviation brand and expertise to the table, while Haite provided the funding,” says Graeme Duckworth, executive vice-president of ExecuJet parent company Luxaviation. “We are now one of the largest and most successful business jet MRO facilities in China.”

ExecuJetHaite is approved to provide maintenance on aircraft registered in the Cayman Islands, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Macau and the USA. It is also an authorised service centre for Dassault’s Falcon 7X, Embraer’s Legacy 650, Phenom 100/300 and Bombardier’s Global and Challenger families. “We are also approved to perform maintenance on out-of-warranty Gulfstream business jets including the G450 and G550; and offer line support on the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner families”, says Duckworth.

ExecuJetHaite is looking to expand to other key cities in China to take advantage of the country’s thriving corporate aircraft market. “As China’s economy grows, so will the numbers of corporate jets,” says Li. “We would like to establish maintenance facilities in cities which have the strongest economic and population growth is expected.” Destinations under consideration include Guangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing and Hangzhou, he says.

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Source: Flight Daily News