Gulfstream to extend operating hours, add more capabilities in Beijing
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that its company-owned service center in Beijing will extend its hours of operation, enhancing its support of operators based in and traveling through the region. During the second quarter of 2018, the facility at Beijing Capital International Airport will add a shift from 3:30 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday.
To support the extra shift, Gulfstream Beijing will add approximately 10 technicians or inspectors.
The company also announced plans to add several capabilities to further enhance its support of operators based in Greater China, including Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approval for 36-month heavy maintenance inspections for the G650 and G650ER.
“The additional shift at Gulfstream Beijing ensures that our customers receive the best support possible while traveling to or within China,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “Adding scheduled heavy maintenance inspections is part of our plan for the region as our aircraft there mature. These additions reflect our long-term strategy for ensuring our customers receive high-quality service, regardless of location.”
In 2018, Gulfstream Beijing also intends to seek CAAC approval for 96-month inspections for the G550 and G450; 72-month inspections for the G280; and 144-month inspections for the G200.
Gulfstream Beijing recently celebrated five years of successful operations. The facility, a joint venture between Gulfstream and HNA Technic, was the first factory-owned business-jet service center in China when it opened in November 2012.
More than 330 Gulfstream aircraft are based in Asia Pacific, including nearly 200 in Greater China. Since the start of operations, Gulfstream Beijing technicians have supported more than 850 maintenance events, including road trips, to assist customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.