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Chinese private jet dealer's sales take off

(Xinhua)

15:56, March 19, 2012

ZHUHAI, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The impressive sales of a south China private jet dealer just four days into the company's existence have reaffirmed the growing appetite of the country's super-rich for luxury air travel despite strict government restrictions in the sector.

Zhuhai Cirrus General Aviation Co. Ltd. (Zhuhai BAC) has sold 14 aircraft since opening for business on Friday.

The models sold were U.S.-made lightweight Cirrus SR20s and SR22s, priced nearly 3 million yuan (480,000 U.S. dollars) and 5 million yuan respectively, Chen Shaochang, general manager of the firm, said.

The dealer in the city of Zhuhai, Guangdong province is the country's first fixed-base operator (FBO) that provides aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring and aircraft maintenance.

Chen said the company -- promoted under the slogan "Flying is a lifestyle" -- is targeting building up 40 FBO stores across the country, but particularly in the northeastern region.

China's private jet owners haven't really been able to enjoy the thrill of flying, as every private flight requires a lengthy approval procedure under strict regulations. And it remains inconvenient for the super-rich to fuel, park or repair their new toys as the jet services sector is still in its infancy.

However, authorities have promised to open otherwise tightly controlled low-altitude airspace below 1,000 meters, in several cities and regions on a trial basis this year to boost the aviation industry.

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dr daniel fragnito jd md at 2012-03-20219.95.180.*
it is about time that an affordable jet is available without the fear of buying, the airlines are treating us like cows and sheep. best of luck to the jet dealers and financiers ..we are tired of being raped searched arrested and demeaned as the airline companies attempt to control our [email protected] private pilot can make money at these prices. the prices should be lower for propeller planes that have advanced for intercontinental travel. i believe that all airline manufacturers should , inclusive of piper should release plans of designers to smaller companies and countries. usa, russia and china have over dominated and failed to protect aviation with gestapo like tactics at commercial airports. the loss of privatization has hurt the economy enough worldwide as well as totalitarian like control of aviation.
dr daniel fragnito jd md at 2012-03-20219.95.180.*
it is about time that an affordable jet is available without the fear of buying, the airlines are treating us like cows and sheep. best of luck to the jet dealers and financiers.
PD User at 2012-03-19183.39.53.*
What if these small private planes become suiside planes of terrorists and/or outlaws in China? Aren"t these crowding & polluting the skyline of China?
  

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