AsBAA, Asia’s non-profit representative trade body for business and general aviation has today signed a strategic agreement with AVIC Foundation to promote & advocate business (BA) and general aviation (GA) in China. AVIC Foundation, part of AVIC General, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVIC General) is a large state-owned general aviation established to further contribute to the development of general aviation in China.

The agreement was signed at the AsBAA Discovery, student careers day at ABACE17, Asia’s biggest business and general aviation convention, co-hosted by AsBAA and NBAA for the third consecutive year. The agreement commences immediately, witnessed by Mr.Changan Sha, Vice President of AVIC General and Mr. Ed Bolen, CEO of NBAA, it will be valid for four years and seeks to deepen relations between government, education institutions and industry through engaging events and initiative based forums across China.

AsBAA Chairman, Charlie Mularski shared, “China represents an enormous growth market for business and general aviation, however attracting and retaining talent, continuous education, public relations and suitable regulation remain key factors. AsBAA has been encouraged to see significant progress in terms of cooperation between our association, CAAC and other governmental and non-governmental departments. This is pushing forward the industry across China; helping to overcome some of the challenges of recent years and connect communities, drive economies and create new opportunities. AsBAA is honoured to now build on this foundational progress with today’s exciting announcement of its strategic partnership with AVIC. We believe this marks the start of a significant public private partnership (PPP) in the advocation of our industries’ further development for all key stakeholders, which of course includes the #NextGen of aviators in China.”
SUN Huilan, General Secretary of AVIC Foundation shared, “AVIC Foundation was founded on a principle of advocating a general aviation culture at a young age so that dreams of flying and working in aviation can be realised. We have seen over 230 students here today inspired by the leaders of our industry at AsBAA Discovery and this strategy and spirit aligns very well with AVIC Foundation’s own mission to inspire, advocate and educate pupils, students, the media and public authorities so that our industry can realise its full potential in China”.

AsBAA Discovery took centre stage for the final day of #ABACE17 with over 230 students interested in pursuing aviation careers, including those attending Shanghai Civil Aviation College (SCAC) in attendance. Senior leaders from AsBAA’s membership base gave inspiring presentations about pathways into BA/GA and opportunities for graduates seeking future employment. Hot topics of the day included cool aviation special mission products and latest technologies, innovations, trends and disruptors.

The details of the new strategic partnership includes the following highlights (summarised – full version available to AsBAA members and media upon request from )

  • Leverage the influence of AsBAA & AVIC Foundation to create win-win industry outcomes in China.
  • Jointly promote cultural promulgation and industry development of business and general aviation.
  • Set up cooperation and communication with Chinese education administrative departments, industry and schools.
  • Advocate the popularization of business and general aviation and the importance of education across China via public service activities including: access to aviation colleges, polytechnic colleges, primary and middle schools.
  • Develop sustainable non-profit aviation education programme: establishing internships and scholarships.
  • Jointly organise business and general aviation industry activities in China

AsBAA Asian Business Aviation Association was found in 1999 as a non-profit membership-based organization, now with over 130 business and general aviation entity enterprises, is dedicated to boost the development of business and general aviation in Asia through avid promotion, communication with government, sharing of information, business networking, membership coordination (to synchronize the industry’s standpoints) and business support. It is situated in Asia’s vast business network consists of a collection of business jet manufacturers, fixed base operators and maintenance operators, as well as financial series including aircraft finance lease and asset management service providers. The commercial and public utility operations cover service providers of business travel chartering, air emergency rescue, medical transfer and rotorcraft operation and its ground agent. AsBAA encourages and advocates for the public and businesses to participate in the development of aviation culture education and public service activities, to increase awareness of business aviation amongst high school and vocational education institutions and to guide and facilitate the students’ career planning and employment.

AVIC Foundation was established in 2014 with initial fundraising from the employees of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVIC General) , AVIC General and the Fly club of AVIC General. This is non-profit foundation, which is approved by Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province.  AVIC General Aircraft Co., Ltd. is a large state-owned general aviation (GA) industry enterprise formed under approval of the China State Council. AVIC General is the largest and major diversified company with business mainly focusing on general aviation aircraft R&D, manufacturing, flight operation and services. With its vision of “To Spread Aviation Culture; To Realize Flying Dream; Leading China General Aviation Industry Development”, the registered capital of AVIC General is 11.857billion RMB with its total assets over 60 billion RMB. AVIC General owned a scientific and productive team with 20,000 advanced technology and high quality employees. China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVIC General), under the whole industry chain development mode involving general aviation aircraft’s R&D, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and service guarantees, commits to being the “National leading, International excellence” general aviation solution provider.