Chinese business jet operators survey


All business jets in China need to be operated by a company holding a CAAC operators certificate. No formal list is published but are eight operators feature in Clyde & Co and Corporate Jet Investor's first Annual Chinese Operators Survey.

All business jet operations in China must be conducted under a CAAC-issued Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), regardless of whether the flight is for commercial or private purposes. How many AOCs have been issued to business jet operators is not publically available information this is a list we have complied with Clyde & Co.

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Beijing Capital Airlines (formerly Deer Jet)



Beijing/ShanghaiSubsidiary of HNA Group, China’s 4th largest commercial aviation group (parent of Hainan Airlines). It changed its name from Deer Jet following a capital injection by the Beijing government. Deer Jet operates a mix of aircraft: 22 A319s, one Boeing Business Jet, three

Gulfstream G550s, two Gulfstream Vs, four Gulfstream IVs, three Gulfstream

200s, one Hawker 900XP, one Hawker 850XP and four Hawker 800XPs.

Deer Jet says it will own 35 aircraft by the end of 2010, including its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) which will be based in Beijing.

At EBACE 2010 Deer jet and the Swiss operator Comlux signed an agreement jointly to develop VIP charter markets in Asia and Europe, allowing the two charter operators to draw on each other’s fleets. Comlux’s fleet includes 5 Bombardier Global Express and two ACJs.


Business Aviation AsiaBeijingAcquired AOC from Shenzen Airlines. Managing fleet owned by Simon Low of New World Property.

One of its G200s is being made fully available for charter under new brand Red Diamond Aviation.

Red Diamond is taking a second G200 from Middle East UHNWI and a G450 from Taiwan.


Air China Business JetsBeijing International AirportEarly mover – established in November 2003. Air China Business Jets manages two G450s and one A318 Elite. A Falcon 7X is expected to join the fleet.


Shandong AirlinesJi’Nan Yaoqiang


Airport, Ji’Nan City,



Set up Rainbow Jets in 1999 with two Challenger 604s. It has since sold these jets and does not now appear to be operating business aircraft.


Broad AirChangsha City,


Subsidiary of Broad Air Conditioning, operates one Hawker 400.


Asia United Business Aviation Limited (AUBA)Baoan


Airport, Shenzhen


A subsidiary of Hong Kong listed Mongolia Energy Corporation and

Shenzhen Airlines. Authorised to operate CCAR135 charter operations in September 2007, when its first operated aircraft was a Gulfstream 200. It has one Airbus A318.



EFS Asia Pacific Co LtdShuangliu


Airport, Chengdu

City, Sichuan


Jointly established by Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd., European Flight Services and

Shanghai Tianchou Investment Management Co., Ltd. The first business jet operator based in

Chengdu City in the South-West part of China. Being EFS’s representative in Asia-

Pacific area, it has benefitted from EFS’s international clients in China.

It intends to offer the Legacy 600 as its main fleet type.


China Eastern Business Executive Air




Airport, Shanghai


Established in 1995 as a subsidiary company of China Eastern Airlines.

It is a member of the US National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).


Source: Corporate Jet Investor and Clyde & Co

Special permission is required from the CAAC to operate business jets in China which are registered outside China. There is no public information available on this issue; however, the East China Civil Aviation Administration Bureau based in Shanghai has informed Clyde & Co that in the Eastern part of China there are no business jets habitually based and operating in China that are registered outside.