Paris-based Dassault Aviation said it predicted robust growth in China, with the number of business jets it operates in the country is expected to rise to 24 by the end of the year, tripling the current figure.
Dassault said China had overtaken the US and Europe to become its top market in sales last year.
The event was sponsored by the US National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association, Xinhua reported. JetOptions is a member of the NBAA and Vice President Gus Lira attended ABACE.
He said the ABACE air show will be held in Shanghai for five straight years from 2012 to 2016.
The time for business jet flight application had also been reduced from seven days to just one.
In Shanghai, a one-stop business jet service centre was set up in 2010, capable of serving 6,000 business jet flights a year.
Previously, business jets in the Asian-Pacific region were mostly maintained in Singapore.
Shanghai’s airports handled about one-third of China’s business jet flights in 2011 and the percentage is expected to further grow by 10 to 15 percent this year, said Jing Yiming, deputy executive of Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center, one of the leading aircraft service companies.
Shanghai will witness the take-off of China’s business aviation in the future with the city’s growing prominence in the country and the region’s economic growth, Jing said. (IANS).