Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center, which last fall became the first business aviation services provider to win Part 145 approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China ( ), is expanding its service reach via recent agreements with and to support the growing Chinese business jet fleet.
The sole fixed-base operation at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport and the host of last week’s Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE), Hawker Pacific has partnered with Dassault to establish Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services–China. The new entity is housed within Hawker Pacific’s center and employs a team of technicians trained on the Falcon 7X, 2000LX and 900LX models. The center will provide line maintenance, aircraft-on-ground support, troubleshooting and component replacement.
The partnership enables Dassault to build support of its expanding customer base in China. Dassault estimates that the Falcon fleet will have tripled in China by the end of 2012. At the same time, Dassault says the deal will provide “an opportunity to transfer technical maintenance know-how to Chinese engineers in this developing market.”
In addition, Cessna is laying the groundwork to build its support in the country with a preliminary agreement that will mediate the appointment of the Hawker Pacific center as an authorized service center.
The Hawker Pacific facility opened a little more than two years ago, capping a six-year effort and partnership with the Shanghai Airports Authority (SAA). Hawker Pacific CEO Alan Smith credits Shanghai officials with having “the vision and strategic view that they needed to add business aviation.” The venture with SAA is helping pioneer the ability to provide business aviation services in China, he says, noting that just getting a business license to operate required substantial effort.
The facility was a greenfield site when construction was launched in late 2008. The complex includes a 4,000-sq.-meter (43,056-sq.-ft.) facility for maintenance, repair and overhaul, along with a fixed-base operation.
In addition to becoming the first Chinese Part 145 repair station, the facility is working to obtainand approvals, Smith says.
Smith hopes the center will become a springboard for expansion throughout China. He wants to add a base at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai's other airport.
Smith also wants to move into other locations in China. “It’s an important market,” he adds.
Hawker Pacific, however, will not be alone, as several other companies are attempting to step into the business aviation services market to keep pace with the growing fleet. Among those are Business Aviation Asia, ExecuJet and Gulfstream, in collaboration with Beijing Capital Airlines (Deer Jet), and Grand China Aviation Technik.