Over 170 of the world's top aviation companies are showcasing their products at a major aviation event in Shanghai, with business jets on display. However, as China cracks down heavily on corruption, buyers are more interested in practical features rather than luxuries.
35 business jets are on display with 170 companies showcasing their most advanced aviation technology and various services, the largest number of suppliers to ever attend the event. The aircraft on show include a full spectrum of business jets, intercontinental airliners and helicopters.
Exhibitors said the diversity reflects increased hopes for general aviation in China. Honeywell Aerospace's Bill Rowell said business passengers nowadays want to have a smart, connected and productive journey in China.
Local business companies said the industry was affected by China's anti-corruption campaign in the past years. They said airlines previously paid more attention to entertainment facilities in the aircraft, but now they tend to focus on the plane's practical functions.
"Since the anti-corruption campaign, buyers are focusing more on the plane's efficiency and less people look at the luxury and entertainment options. The government asked business jet operators to adjust prices and have more customized functions for business passengers so they can have meetings, using WiFi to connect with offices. In the past we had more requirements from passengers on food selection." Says Li Jiang, vice general manager of Jiangsu Jet.