The April 27, 2015, issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation covers various stories from China and greater Asia. Here are some excerpts:

Nextant Prepares For First Chinese Delivery

SHANGHAI – The first Nextant 400XTi sold to a Chinese customer will be delivered later this year following the remanufactured business jet’s certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at the end of 2014.

Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 to develop an aircraft modernization program. The result is the around-$5 million Nextant 400XTi, a “remanufactured” Beechjet 400A or 400XP that is in essence a new airplane with such major upgrades as Williams J44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.

Two years ago many gave Nextant little chance of selling remanufactured, small-cabin bizjets in a market that heavily favored impressive, large-cabin aircraft. But with the market’s collapse amid austerity measures and discouragement of opulence, Nextant has taken on a new life.

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Asian Sky, Nexus Plan Flight Operations Services

Asian Sky Group of Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia’s Nexus plan to jointly provide flight operations services in the Asia-Pacific region, widening the business scope of the Chinese partner and expanding the network of the Middle Eastern one.

Their joint company will offer such operations and support services as flight planning, dispatch, aircraft and crew scheduling and planning, crew management, security, safety quality assurance, and ground training, says Asian Sky Group, a business aviation consultancy.

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Deer Jet’s Jet Card Equalizes Int’l, Chinese Rates

SHANGHAI – Rates for international flights are no higher than for domestic services in the latest version of the jet card program of Chinese business aircraft operator Deer Jet.

The package price is also lower than market prices, says Deer Jet, adding that it is offering further benefits with cards sold during the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, held here from April 14-16. Jet cards, a way of selling charter services, allow buyers to purchase blocks of hours of aircraft usage.
Deer Jet is a major charter operator in mainland China. But officials in the government and its enterprises, frightened by an anti-corruption crackdown, have stopped chartering aircraft. Charter aircraft owners have been left with excess capacity.

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