ABACE 2017

Be­yond Ex­pec­ta­tions

SP's Aviation - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY R. CHAN­DRAKANTH

THE SIXTH EDI­TION OF the Asian Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­fer­ence & Ex­hi­bi­tion (ABACE) held at Shang­hai Hongqiao In­ter­na­tional Air­port from April 11 to 13, 2017 is said to have been the strong­est to date. The event is or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NBAA) and the Shang­hai Air­port Author­ity (SAA), co-hosted by the Asian Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (AsBAA). “ABACE 2017 ap­pears to have met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions,” said NBAA Pres­i­dent and CEO Ed Bolen. “The in­dus­try con­tin­ues to see op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion, as il­lus­trated in part by the in­tro­duc­tion of two air­craft mod­els dis­played for the first time in China. We were also pleased with the strong sup­port for gen­eral avi­a­tion by gov­ern­ment lead­ers here. Clearly, there con­tin­ues to be enor­mous po­ten­tial for busi­ness avi­a­tion in China and across Asia.”

180 EXHIBITORS AND MORE

Bolen pointed to other ex­am­ples il­lus­trat­ing the show's suc­cess in­clud­ing num­ber of exhibitors and air­craft on dis­play. ABACE had over 180 exhibitors and the show's floor foot­print this year was the largest ever. About 40 per cent of ABACE exhibitors were based in Asia and over 40 coun­tries were rep­re­sented, demon­strat­ing the show's in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. It fea­tured 33 air­craft on dis­play, in­clud­ing the full spec­trum of busi­ness air­craft from pis­tons through to in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal jets, in­clud­ing an air-am­bu­lance air­craft and he­li­copters. ABACE also fea­tured for the first time a so­lar-pow­ered un­manned air­craft.

Top na­tional and in­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials were the key­note speak­ers for the open­ing gen­eral ses­sion and they in­cluded Jiang Huaiyu, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Eastern Re­gional Head­quar­ters for the Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of China (CAAC); Ge­off

ABACE HAS GROWN TO BE­COME A MUST-AT­TEND EVENT, NOT ONLY FOR IN­DUS­TRY STAKE­HOLD­ERS IN CHINA AND THROUGH­OUT ASIA, BUT ALSO FOR THE WORLDWIDE BUSI­NESS AVI­A­TION COM­MU­NITY

Jackson, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for the US-China Avi­a­tion Co­op­er­a­tion Pro­gramme; Hanscom Smith, Con­sul Gen­eral of the United States Con­sulate Gen­eral in Shang­hai; Axel Cruau, the French Con­sul Gen­eral in Shang­hai; Stephen Creamer, Di­rec­tor of the Air Nav­i­ga­tion Bureau at the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, and Jing Yim­ing, SAA Pres­i­dent.

Jiang Huaiyu men­tioned that ABACE had been suc­cess­fully held in Shang­hai for the past five years, serv­ing as an in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions plat­form for busi­ness avi­a­tion in China and across Asia. With China's re­form and open­ing up, as well as the con­tin­ued eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, the num­ber and scale of busi­ness avi­a­tion com­pa­nies and the num­ber of busi­ness avi­a­tion flights have seen an an­nual in­crease of 20 per cent.

The ad­van­tages of busi­ness avi­a­tion in the process of de­vel­op­ing gen­eral avi­a­tion can be ob­served in the per­son­alised, multi-level and pop­u­lar pur­chas­ing trends. Fur­ther­more, Feng Zhenglin, Di­rec­tor of the CAAC, em­pha­sised dur­ing the ses­sions, that the coun­try is pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of civil avi­a­tion with the in­ten­tion to en­cour­age the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion. Gen­eral avi­a­tion has be­come a cru­cial com­po­nent in the de­vel­op­ment of China's civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Jing Yim­ing stated that there were over 6,000 busi­ness avi­a­tion air­craft move­ments at the two Shang­hai air­ports in 2016, an an­nual in­crease of 10 per cent com­pared to 2015. “With the re­lease of the new na­tional pol­icy for de­vel­op­ing gen­eral avi­a­tion, the busi­ness avi­a­tion in­dus­try in Shang­hai will en­joy a wider mar­ket space and richer re­source sup­ply.”

“SAA val­ues and is con­tin­u­ously pay­ing at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness avi­a­tion in Shang­hai. The se­cond busi- ness avi­a­tion base at Shang­hai Hongqiao In­ter­na­tional Air­port has be­gun con­struc­tion and is ex­pected to op­er­ate in 2018. Pre­lim­i­nary re­search on the Pudong Air­port busi­ness avi­a­tion base project has also been car­ried out,” he said. “With the sup­port from the gov­ern­ment, SAA is putting great ef­fort into fa­cil­i­tat­ing the de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness avi­a­tion, with a goal to make Shang­hai the busi­ness avi­a­tion cen­tre of north-east Asia and a qual­i­fied out­stand­ing global city and to con­trib­ute to the na­tion's 'One Belt, One Road' strat­egy.”

As in the past, ABACE pro­vided a num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing ses­sions ex­am­in­ing the on­go­ing evo­lu­tion of un­manned air­craft sys­tems; hu­man­i­tar­ian uses for ro­tor­craft in­clud­ing for med­i­cal trans­porta­tion and emer­gency re­sponse; spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions for fi­nanc­ing new and used air­craft; pro­mot­ing a ro­bust safety cul­ture in busi­ness avi­a­tion flight op­er­a­tions and the im­pact on busi­ness avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing the re­cent im­ple­men­ta­tion of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Open Skies Agree­ment.

Bolen con­cluded: “Over the past five years, ABACE has grown to be­come a must-at­tend event not only for in­dus­try stake­hold­ers in China and through­out Asia but also for the worldwide busi­ness avi­a­tion com­mu­nity. We thank our exhibitors, at­ten­dees and spon­sors and we look forward to re­turn­ing to Shang­hai for the 2018 edi­tion of ABACE.”

Busi­ness avi­a­tion is play­ing an im­por­tant role in pro­pel­ling China’s econ­omy and should be fos­tered both at a lo­cal and na­tional level, a top Chi­nese avi­a­tion author­ity told ABACE at­ten­dees at to­day’s open­ing gen­eral ses­sion. Jiang Huaiyu, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Eastern re­gional head­quar­ters for the CAAC, noted that to main­tain a strong eco­nomic growth rate, “We need

to pro­vide di­ver­si­fied avi­a­tion services.” Busi­ness and gen­eral avi­a­tion are key play­ers in those di­ver­si­fied services. The Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing steps to en­cour­age the in­dus­try’s growth, de­vel­op­ing a na­tional strat­egy for gen­eral avi­a­tion. He noted that to con­tinue that growth, of­fi­cials must ed­u­cate about the benefits of the in­dus­try and de­velop poli­cies that sup­port that ef­fort.

HONDAJET DE­BUT

The first-ever Chi­nese ap­pear­ance of the fast and fuel-ef­fi­cient HondaJet light busi­ness jet was at ABACE. “We are hon­oured that Honda has cho­sen ABACE as the venue for the in­tro­duc­tion of this in­no­va­tive jet to the Chi­nese mar­ket and we wel­come their par­tic­i­pa­tion and sup­port for this year’s event,” said Mike Ni­chols, CAM, Vice Pres­i­dent, Op­er­a­tional Ex­cel­lence and Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment for NBAA. The HondaJet was among a wide range of di­verse busi­ness air­craft that were on dis­play through­out ABACE 2017, in­clud­ing sin­gle and twin pis­ton-en­gine air­craft, sin­gle and twin-en­gine tur­bo­prop air­craft, pis­ton and tur­bine ro­tor­craft and tur­bine air­craft rang­ing from light jets to large-cabin in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal air­craft.

DAS­SAULT’S FAL­CON 8X

This year, Das­sault Avi­a­tion once again fea­tured the new­est busi­ness jet in the ul­tra-long range class: Das­sault Avi­a­tion’s Fal­con 8X. The 8X ap­peared along­side the pop­u­lar 4,000 nm Fal­con 2000LX/EX. A state-of-the-art Fal­con 2000LX Mede­vac air­craft op­er­ated by the Bei­jing Red Cross Emer­gency Med­i­cal Cen­tre was also dis­played. Since en­ter­ing into ser­vice last year, the 6,450 nm Fal­con 8X has been de­liv­ered to op­er­a­tors in key mar­kets around the world, in­clud­ing the United States, Europe, the Mid­dle East and In­dia. The first China-based air­craft will be handed over in the com­ing weeks. “The Fal­con 8X of­fers the range and per­for­mance to con­nect our Chi­nese cus­tomers with busi­ness hubs through­out Europe, North Amer­ica and Africa, which is of pri­mary im­por­tance here,” said Eric Trap­pier, Chair­man and CEO of Das­sault Avi­a­tion. “And the feed­back on our new flag­ship has been uni­ver­sally pos­i­tive es­pe­cially, cabin noise lev­els, which make it the qui­etest air­craft in its class.”

EM­BRAER PRE­DICTS STA­BLE MAR­KET

Guan Dongyuan, Pres­i­dent of Em­braer China, said Em­braer de­liv­ered one Le­gacy 500 and two Phenom 300s. Em­braer sees the Chi­nese mar­ket as full of po­ten­tial and pre­dicts that the Chi­nese ex­ec­u­tive avi­a­tion mar­ket will grow at a sta­ble pace in the com­ing years. Guan said that the Le­gacy 500 was the first to a Chi­nese cus­tomer and added that in Septem­ber 2016, Em­braer de­liv­ered to Col­or­ful Yun­nan Gen­eral Avi­a­tion two light Phenom 300s. Guan said the mar­ket had huge po­ten­tial for Em­braer “con­sid­er­ing the eco­nomic vol­ume, the great con­sump­tion of power, the HNWI (high net worth in­di­vid­ual) numbers, etc.

BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 7000

Bombardier’s new flag­ship, the large cabin, high-speed ul­tra­long range Global 7000, will be key to its fu­ture suc­cess in Greater China and Asia-Pa­cific. The new­est mem­ber of the Global fam­ily has al­ready won or­ders from cus­tomers in the re­gion, says Brad Nolan, Prod­uct Strat­egy Di­rec­tor at Bombardier Busi­ness Air­craft, even though the $72.8-mil­lion air­craft will not en­ter ser­vice un­til the se­cond half of next year. “The Global 7000 is a top pri­or­ity for us,” he says.

GULF­STREAM TRIO CON­NEC­TIONS

Gulf­stream’s class-lead­ing trio — per­for­mance G550 and com­pany

su­per-midsize G280; high-flag­ship G650ER — caught the at­ten­tion of vis­i­tors at ABACE. “We’re ex­hibit­ing three out­stand­ing Gulf­stream air­craft well suited for mis­sions con­nect­ing the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion to the world’s fi­nan­cial and in­dus­trial hubs,” said Scott Neal, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Worldwide Sales, Gulf­stream. “With over 300 air­craft in ser­vice in Asia-Pa­cific, over 100 of th­ese in China alone, we are more ded­i­cated than ever to sup­port­ing our cus­tomers in the re­gion.”

IN­NO­VA­TION BY TEXTRON

Textron Avi­a­tion dis­played its lead­ing Cessna Ci­ta­tion XLS+ light midsize busi­ness jet and Cessna Grand Car­a­van EX tur­bo­prop this year. It also high­lighted its new fam­ily of large-cabin busi­ness jets — the midsize Cessna Ci­ta­tion Lat­i­tude, su­per­mid­size Cessna Ci­ta­tion Lon­gi­tude and large-cabin Cessna Ci­ta­tion Hemi­sphere which bring a broad range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and class-lead­ing fea­tures to the mar­ket.

“ABACE is a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case our class-lead­ing plat­forms in re­gion and in­tro­duce our cus­tomers to the in­no­va­tions we are bring­ing to mar­ket,” said Bill Schultz, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, China. “The Ci­ta­tion Lat­i­tude has quickly be­come the best-sell­ing midsize busi­ness jet since it en­tered the mar­ket less than two years ago and we be­lieve this air­craft is go­ing to be a great fit for the re­gion with its im­mi­nent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in China.”

GULF­STREAM’S CLASS-LEAD­ING TRIO: SU­PER-MIDSIZE G280 (SHOWN HERE), HIGH-PER­FOR­MANCE G550 AND THE COM­PANY FLAG­SHIP G650ER CAUGHT THE AT­TEN­TION OF VIS­I­TORS AT ABACE

EM­BRAER PHENOM 300: FIRST DE­LIV­ERY TO CHINA

(TOP) HONDAJET MADE ITS DE­BUT AT ABACE 2017; (ABOVE) UL­TRA LONG RANGE CLASS FAL­CON 8X.

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