China begins to open the first private aviation flights, and as he begins to emit signs of relaxing its regulations on the use of airspace under military control, takes steps to support an increasing use of business jets in the country .
The vast and mighty promising Chinese market, which began in the sector in recent years has attracted the attention of virtually all manufacturers of aircraft, as it proved this week Exhibition and Conference Asia Business Aviation (ABACE) held at the Shanghai airport.
“For the first time a salon business aviation is taking place in Asia, and that the organizers have chosen to do here in China and in Shanghai, is very revealing,” said Bruno Boulnois, president of Eurocopter China, Helicopter firm Franco-Germano-European consortium EADS Spanish.
“What is a classic in any developing country, within the so-called general aviation, such as small planes, helicopters, business jets, flying out of the main corridors of commercial airlines, needs to develop that regulation of country to relax, “he said.
“In its day in Europe have experienced this too, also need to be built at a time when the necessary infrastructure, radar, air traffic control low-altitude airfields, airports and public spaces to accommodate private flights,” he added .
According Bopulnois, “is not easy and can only be achieved in a country that has reached a certain level of maturity and economic development as is the case in China today.”
For Weixun Liu, deputy editor of the News Agency of China Aviation, while private aviation has hardly been developed in China, by contrast, the rest underwent a major transformation and modernization, especially commercial success. ”
“The Chinese market is becoming increasingly important not only for foreign manufacturers, but also for the local industry, but the world economy is at its best, and China continues to develop rapidly, so many global firms are concentrated in the Chinese market with a strategic approach, “Liu told Reuters.
This week in Shanghai did not miss anyone to the meeting and next to Chinese companies went Embraer, Bombardier, Cessna, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Facon, Eurocopter, including Italy’s Piaggio, which has just entered the market, and the giant Boeing and Airbus, with several of its smaller planes.
“Demand in China is a little different, because many Chinese customers seeking airplanes much larger cabin that can carry more passengers, and who like to travel in larger groups,” he told Reuters Jenny Lau, president of SinoJet, one of the pioneers of the sector in the country and created in 2011.
“Many seek greater autonomy aircraft to travel abroad on direct flights or with one refueling stop,” although the trend is higher than banks and individual customers, said Lau, whose firm, based in Hong Kong, Embraer Legacy 650 sold was purchased actor Jackie Chan.
“Gradually, smaller planes will become more accepted (in China), but right now the most successful products are the largest cabin, for large companies,” he admitted.
China has about 200 registered private aircraft (in 2007 was barely 73, but in total are always recorded in other countries), and used “in something like 70 percent for flights within China, and within these domestic flights, 80 percent is for business flights, and other leisure, “Lau estimated.
From 2012 Beijing is relaxing regulations on low-altitude airspace, and the only way China can become a market “much more mature, like the U.S. and Europe,” he said Lau.
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