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Sky's the limit for booming general aviation sector

By Wang Wen (China Daily)

08:42, November 27, 2012

Local companies are lining up to take advantage of what is expected to be huge growth across China's general aviation market.

The sector covers all flying except for commercial flights, and includes such activities as private flights, air ambulance services, police aviation and air charter services.

However experts, who gathered recently for the ninth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, agreed that various urgent issues need to be urgently addressed before the industry can reach its full potential.

One of the sector's best-known companies in China is Yunnan Jingcheng Group, a privately owned enterprise based in Ruili, Yunnan province.

Zhao Wei, assistant president of Jingcheng Group, said that it is establishing two subsidiaries to expand separately into helicopter and business jet services, and is planning to invest 2 billion yuan ($321.2 million).

"The general aviation industry will be a platform for our group to expand, outside the province and even internationally," Zhao said.

The two new operators could also work in the tourism in Yunnan, a mountainous area where air travel is the most convenient form of transport, he added.

Zhao said its expansion could take two years to complete, and it has already ordered two helicopters and two business jets which are due to be delivered in the next year.

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