Metrojet Ltd., a leading provider of business aircraft services in Asia, today announced it has signed an agreement to provide exclusive maintenance and service support for China Eastern Airlines Executive Air (CEAEA).
The agreement will involve Metrojet providing training, inspection and heavy maintenance service support to CEAEA’s fleet, which includes Gulfstream, Embraer, Cessna, Hawker and Bombardier amongst its current portfolio of 13 aircraft.
“Our agreement with CEAEA represents another major milestone for the company in its journey to excellence,” said Mr. Björn Näf, Chief Executive Officer of Metrojet. “It is a testament to our growing stature in the Asian business aviation industry and highlights our strength in aircraft maintenance services.”
“This announcement closely follows our recent expansion in the rapidly growing China business aviation market with a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Zhuhai Airport in partnership with Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation Co. Ltd.,” said Näf.
Mr. Steve Hughes, Metrojet’s Director of Maintenance & Engineering, commented: “In addition to maintenance and inspections support, Metrojet will also be providing CEAEA engineers with technical training at our facilities. We are very proud to be working closely with CEAEA in a knowledge-sharing role which we hope will play a role in supporting and growing the development of the business aviation industry in China.”
General Manager of CEAEA, Mr Wang Taiping, said: ‘Our collaboration with Metrojet brings benefits to both companies. We recognize Metrojet’s strengths in the business aviation service sector and, combined with our aviation expertise, see this agreement as an important and positive alliance in the continuing development of China’s business aviation sector.”
Metrojet has also announced the further expansion of its managed fleet to 32 aircraft, with the introduction of an Embraer Legacy 600 and a Lineage 1000 – both are first of types in the Metrojet fleet.
“Our relationship with Embraer continues to grow, along with our other valued partners,” said Mr. Björn Näf. “Our strong relationships speak to an ever increasing diversity of aircraft that are available and can be fully maintained and serviced by Metrojet across the region.”
Recent Metrojet development and expansion plans include a joint-venture agreement with Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation Co. Ltd. to create Metrojet Hanxing with a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, located at Zhuhai Airport, with over 15,000 sq ft of hanger space, workshops and storage facilities, representing Metrojet’s first operations in the rapidly growing China business aviation market.
As part of an on-going international expansion programme, Metrojet has also opened a maintenance facility, Metrojet Engineering Clark Ltd. within the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines and established a joint venture with India-based Taj Air to establish TajAir Metrojet Aviation in Mumbai, offering maintenance services to the growing Indian business aviation market.
Established in 1995, Metrojet is a leading business jet operator and maintenance provider in Asia. The company offers comprehensive aircraft management, consultancy, maintenance and charter services and pioneered business aviation services in Hong Kong.