Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that it continues to add resources for operators in the Asia-Pacific region, home to the company’s largest and fastest-growing international fleet.
“Our Asia-Pacific fleet grew by 25 aircraft in 2016 and is now well over 300,” said Derek Zimmerman, president of Gulfstream Product Support.
“Strong customer response to our aircraft over the past several years in the region, especially Greater China, has resulted in us building a significant support presence there, which we enhance and supplement whenever possible.
“As always, we are committed to providing our customers first-class support throughout their Gulfstream ownership experience.”
Zimmerman is in Shanghai for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, which runs Tuesday through Thursday. Three Gulfstream business jets – the super-midsize G280, the high-performance G550 and the company flagship G650ER – are on display.
ABACE is Asia’s biggest business aviation event, bringing together the most influential providers of business aviation products and services with the entrepreneurs, decision-makers and others using business aircraft.
It’s also an opportunity to strengthen business ties.
Gulfstream now has 314 aircraft operating in Asia-Pacific region. More than 180 of those are based in the Greater China region, which encompasses China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Zimmerman said the company has strengthened its depth of customer support in the area, doubling the number of field service representatives in Hong Kong from two to four. The company also has two field service representatives in China and one each in Japan, Singapore, Australia and India.
“The additional field service representatives give Gulfstream operators easy local access to our growing network,” Zimmerman said. “Their technical expertise complements our robust and strategically located presence in the region and is a resource that can be called upon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
At Gulfstream Beijing, the first factory-owned business jet service center in China, technicians have serviced more than 600 aircraft in the facility’s four-plus years of operation at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Earlier this year, Gulfstream Beijing was certified as an authorized maintenance organization by the Cayman Islands, which means the site’s technicians can perform maintenance on aircraft registered in that British territory. They are also authorized to work on most Gulfstream aircraft registered in the U.S., China, Macau and Hong Kong.
To support its growing fleet in the Asia Pacific, Gulfstream maintains a parts inventory of approximately $55 million, strategically placed in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Melbourne.
Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports a line of technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream’s fleet of business jets includes the Gulfstream G280, G550,G500, G600, G650 and the G650 ER. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales.
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