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Gulfstream signs support agreement with Deer Jet

June 1, 2010, Savannah, Ga - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently signed an agreement with Beijing-based Deer Jet Co. LTD to support the company's growing fleet of Gulfstream aircraft.


June 1, 2010
By Carey Fredericks


China's
largest business-jet charter operator, Deer Jet owns three Gulfstream G550s,
two Gulfstream GVs, four Gulfstream GIVs and four Gulfstream G200s. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will
expand its support network in mainland China, providing Deer Jet with a
maintenance support team that includes a maintenance technician, avionics technician
and quality-control specialist.
In addition, Deer Jet and other regional customers will have access to
two Gulfstream interior technicians based in Hong Kong and a Gulfstream field
service representative (FSR) based in Beijing.

"The
business-jet market in China is expanding rapidly, and we are committed to
staying ahead of that growth with an expanding product support infrastructure,"
said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. "This agreement ensures
Deer Jet receives the award-winning product support Gulfstream is known for,
and that Deer Jet can continue to pursue growth opportunities in Asia."


The
growing presence of Gulfstream in China also includes the creation of three
positions in the region: a Product Support regional program director, an
international distribution manager for parts and materials, an FSR.

Mark
Thibault, the former chief operating officer of Metrojet Limited in Hong Kong,
was recently named to the regional program director post.  Thibault is responsible for overseeing
all Product Support efforts for Gulfstream aircraft fleet operators in
Asia.  His duties include
coordinating aircraft maintenance and support requirements for Gulfstream
operators located in or traveling through Asia, and supervising the growth of
the Gulfstream support network.

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James
Liang will join Thibault in Hong Kong as the international distribution manager
for parts and materials.  Liang
will manage Gulfstream inventory and oversee distribution for more than $48
million in parts and materials at three strategic locations: Hong Kong, Beijing
and Singapore.

Jenson
Saw, the new FSR, is based in Beijing but will assist customers throughout the
country.  Saw speaks six languages,
including English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and has 15 years of business-jet
maintenance experience.

According
to published reports, China's private-jet market is expected to grow by a
world-leading rate of 15.6 percent from 2009 to 2018.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group,
16-year-old Deer Jet grew by 32 percent in 2009 and is projected to grow by 60
percent in 2010.  Approximately 30
private jets are currently registered to operate on China's mainland.  Including its in-service Gulfstream
aircraft, Deer Jet operates 23 corporate jets, three of which are owned by
private customers.  This year, Deer
Jet plans to add at least 10 new jets, all owned by private customers, to its
fleet.