Cirrus Expands Footprint In China

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A Chinese company has opened an FBO that will focus on Cirrus aircraft but offer traditional services to transient and based aircraft at Zhuhai Airport. The Zhuhai Cirrus FBO is aimed at promoting general aviation activities as China's rules regarding private aviation relax. Zhuhai Tianyi Aviation Trading Co. also bought three SR22s to use at the FBO. The deal, which was a year in the making, will become the focus of Cirrus's activities in that area of China, be a Cirrus Sales Center and offer flying club and Cirrus service, training and import services. "We expect the Zhuhai region to become the center of Cirrus activity in Guangdong Province and the surrounding area," said Scott Jiang, Cirrus's China Director.

The Zhuhai facility is 30,200 square feet, is based in the aviation industrial park and has a base of 50 aircraft to serve. Cirrus doesn't expect gangbusters business to start. "While general aviation traffic is still fairly low in China, limiting the potential for traditional FBO services, the aviation community aspects, particularly the flying club and training services, will allow people in the Zhuhai area to become more and more familiar with general aviation and its many benefits, and Cirrus aircraft in particular."