Home' Asian Aviation : AAV March 2011. Contents New business-jet deliveries to the Asia-Pacific region grew from 7 percent
of global deliveries in 2007 to 12 percent in 2009, according to figures
from aviation data firm JetNet. The company cites India as having the
second-largest fleet in the region, with 143 business aircraft of all sorts.
The statistics were cited by Gulfstream executives promoting the
company's products at February's Aero India 2011 show in Bangalore.
Gulfstream says its fleet in India, while still relatively small, is growing
rapidly. The company had five aircraft in service in India in 2001, a
number that has increased to 17 today. Of those, 12 are large-cabin, long-
range jets, including the long-range G550, which can fly up to 12,000km
non-stop. The rest are mid-cabin models offering range capabilities from
5,556km for the G150 to 6,300km for the G200.
"We see great long-term potential in the Indian market as infrastructure
for business aviation expands and government officials focus more on this
segment," says Roger Sperry, the manufacturer's regional senior vice-
president of international sales. "The rapid development of commercial air
traffic is a vital focus on the part of government; we believe attention will
soon turn to business aviation, as well."
Demand for long-range business jets remains robust because of the rapid
expansion of global business ties, Sperry says. Gulfstream's strongest
sellers are also its longest-range and most capable aircraft.
"This suggests to us that emerging multinational companies have a
tremendous, pent-up need for rapid and flexible transportation across
and between continents," he says.
The expanding business-aviation infrastructure, includes the construction
of dedicated business-jet passenger terminals, expanded ramp space
and hangar facilities, as well as increased airport capacity, the Gulfstream
executive said. Among the hurdles facing the sector are curfews in major
cities, which limit available operating slots for business jets.
"These are the challenges of a fast-growing economy, and we expect they
will be addressed, because business aviation is an important component
of the transportation system," Sperry says.
Sperry cites India's growing roster of billionaires (reportedly 47, ranking
the country fourth in the world), as evidence of the nation's rising
affluence. Moreover, India, with more than 126,000 millionaires, has
the world's eighth-largest base of high-net-worth individuals, with
recent year-over-year growth of 51 percent, according to Merrill Lynch-
Capgemini, not to mention an active market for initial public offerings
and a positive investment climate.
"The key for us is to expose business leaders to the remarkable ability
to move rapidly across continents to manage international operations
or acquire new business entities," Sperry says. "Speed and flexibility are
essential in today's competitive global market."
Sperry adds that Gulfstream has the largest business-aviation support
organization in the world with more than 3,300 employees and US$1.2
billion in spare parts located around the world. Gulfstream aircraft are
supported by Airworks India, with parts provided from supply bases in
Madrid, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Gulfstream also has a Chennai-based field service representative available
to Indian customers. In addition, it recently named Arrow Aircraft Sales
and Charters, a professional business-aviation service provider, as its in-
country authorized independent sales representative. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Business Aviation News
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Gulfstream eyes Indian
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