|Gulfstream Aerospace and its partners held press conference on Wednesday.|
People's Daily Online—Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced on Wednesday that its aircraft service center in Beijing — Gulfstream Beijing — was officially open for business, becoming the first manufacturer of business jet original equipment to offer MRO services for its customers in China.
As a joint venture between Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. , a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, and two subsidiaries of Hainan Airlines Group, Hainan Aviation Technik (HNAT) and Deer Jet, China's largest business jet charter provider, Gulfstream Beijing will serves Deer Jet's Gulfstream fleet, other Gulfstream aircraft and select non-Gulfstream models.
Initial support will be given to the large-cabin G550 and G450, the most popular Gulfstream aircraft in China. MRO capability will extend to Gulfstream's other models, including the new G650 and G280, in the coming months.
"We are very pleased to be able to provide our world-class customer service and support much closer to the home base of more than 100 Gulfstream aircraft. Our main goal is to ensure the safety and reliability of these aircraft every day."said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support.
"This is a logical and important step for Hainan," said Zhang Peng, chairman of Deer Jet. "We have built our charter and management business through close cooperation with Gulfstream. It will reduce our maintenance expense and increase our aircraft availability."
Located at Beijing Capital International Airport, Gulfstream Beijing comprises an 82,000-square-foot (7,618-sq-m) hangar and 22,000 square feet (2,044 sq m) of offices and back shops.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. The company has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958.
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