Bombardier Aerospace today announced the delivery of the first Challenger 300 jet to be operated from China to Donghai Jet Co., Ltd. based in Shenzhen, Southern China. The aircraft is the first of five Challenger 300 jets ordered by Donghai Jet on November 13, 2010.
The aircraft was handed over today during a special ceremony with Donghai Jet and Bombardier executives at Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 in Hong Kong. The Challenger 300 business jet joins a Challenger 605 aircraft, already in operation in Donghai Jet’s fleet.
“This is a very important milestone for Bombardier’s growing China-based fleet,” said David Dixon, Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 300 jet will offer Donghai Jet’s customers the perfect combination of performance and comfort for their increasing travel requirements throughout China. We look forward to a long relationship with Donghai Jet as they further develop their business jet charter operations in China,” he added.
Donghai Jet Co., Ltd. is headquartered at Shenzhen airport and was jointly established by Shenzhen Donggang Investment Development Ltd, East Pacific Holdings Ltd. and Win Glory Enterprises Ltd., a Sino-foreign joint venture. In addition to charter services, Donghai Jet Co., Ltd. provides trading consultation, management and maintenance services for business jets.
Present in China for over 50 years, Bombardier is best positioned to offer its customers the required support for their increasing travel requirements. Bombardier Business Aircraft operates sales offices in Beijing and in Hong Kong and has three Authorized Service Facilities in the region. In addition, a Regional Support Office in Hong Kong is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011.
China is among a number of countries emerging as key markets for business aviation. Globalization, increased travel requirements by business people and a general positive trend towards the acceptance of business aircraft use are among the contributors to increased activity in the region. The Bombardier Business Aircraft Market Forecast, published in July 2010, predicts business aviation industry deliveries of 600 aircraft in China for the 10-year period covering 2010-2019.
Challenger 300: A bespoke customer-designed aircraft, the Challenger 300 aircraft offers transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed with eight passengers. It can fly Shenzhen-Singapore non-stop* with a full payload, and its superior airfield performance allows the aircraft to operate out of 5,000-foot (1,524-m) runways with ease*. The Challenger 300 business jet offers the best performance and value amongst its competitors, combined with dispatch reliability consistently over 99.7 per cent. The Challenger 300 aircraft has consistently exceeded customer expectations since its entry into service in 2004, and with over 290 Challenger 300 jets in service, it is the market leader amongst its peers.
Challenger 605: In service since January 2007, the Challenger 605 jet builds on the legacy of quality and reliability of its predecessor, the acclaimed Challenger 604 jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. The Challenger 605 jet can whisk five passengers from Beijing to Moscow non-stop*, in superior comfort. It features the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business jet available today and is equipped with the Pro Line 21 avionics suite and an all-new cabin electronic system. The Bombardier Enhanced Vision System (BEVS) is offered as optional equipment on the Challenger 605 jet.
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- Photo: Donghai Jet and Bombardier executives celebrate the delivery of the first China-registered Challenger 300 aircraft.
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