China’s DeerJet is planning to introduce helicopter service in the Greater Bay Area, as the business aircraft operator sees rising demand for its offerings in the Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, and Macau region. DeerJet told AIN that it will be partnering with Beijing Capital Helicopters Co. Ltd. for the venture and is evaluating the Airbus Helicopters H125 and H135. However, the company has not yet decided on a time period for the launch.
DeerJet has an ongoing partnership with Beijing Capital Helicopters for other regions in China. The Beijing municipal government and Hainan Airlines Group jointly established Beijing Capital Helicopters in 2011.
A DeerJet spokeswoman said more Chinese citizens now see business aircraft as a tool to save time. The Chinese business aviation market is still dominated by large-cabin jets, although there is some growth in the light and midsize jet segments. DeerJet operates a fleet of Gulfstream G650ERs, G650s, G550s, and G450s, Bombardier Challenger 604s, and Dassault Falcon 7Xs.
DeerJet has also recently launched its own aircraft maintenance credit program that includes AOG, scheduled check, line, and cabin maintenance and is divided into four categories according to the amount of shop time involved: 100, 300, 900, and 2,000 hours. DeerJet’s MRO facility is based at Beijing Capital Airport and is approved by the CAAC and FAA to perform aircraft maintenance.