The timing of this press release came just a day before the much awaited Asian Aerospace Expo which attracted more than 5,000 visitors during the 3 days of show time held in Hong Kong and hosted by Hong Kong’s Business Aviation Centre.
TAECO is an established aviation company based in Xiamen which is centrally positioned between Shanghai and Hong Kong and is experienced in heavy base and line maintenance services, in addition to cargo conversion, IFE upgrades, part and component services and is now turning its hand to aircraft completions.
At the Asian Aerospace Expo, Airbus presented a bespoke interior on board an A319-CJ tailored for the tastes of prospective Asian customers.
The interior named ‘Phoenix’ has a dark red theme which runs throughout the cabin interior. Centrepiece is a large circular table with seating for six people; this is an important feature for Asian culture which has a large appreciation on family life.
Airbus has already tasted success in the region with regards to VIP aircraft completion customers. Most corporate jet customers and operators prefer to remain undisclosed, but those which can be named include Deer Jet of Beijing, BAA Jet Management of Hong Kong, China Sonangol, the Royal Thai Airforce, Skytraders of Australia and the UB Group of India.
The move to appoint TAECO clearly expresses Airbus’s belief in this the potential growth of the Asian market. To date Asian heads-of-state and other wealthy individuals have appointed completion centres in the US due to the sparsity of completion centres across the world that can complete such sized aircraft.
That now is possibly set to change…
Link to Airbus: Airbus Corporate Jet Centre