Skyplan and Oriental Sky Aviation strengthen relationship through debut at ABACE 2014

Wednesday 16th April 2014

  • Skyplan
  • James Zhao- GM Aviation Services Oriental Sky Aviation & Muhammad Sami MD Skyplan.

Following the signing of an agreement between the Dubai-based offices of international trip planning company Skyplan Services and China-based Oriental Sky Aviation, (OSA), at the Dubai Air Show in November 2013, the new partners this week made their debut at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Expo, ABACE 2014, taking place in Shanghai.

This is the first time that the two companies have jointly exhibited at a dedicated aviation event. The move reflects the strength of the developing partnership which sees Skyplan offering its international clients ground support services through OSA in China, and Oriental Sky Aviation's clients maximising the Skyplan offering worldwide.

The agreement, which positions OSA as a General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) operation on behalf of Skyplan in China, ensures Skyplan customers' flights operating into one of its ten bases in China benefit from the full range of trip planning and on the ground support services provided by the Chinese company.  With bases in Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Santa, Urumqi and Shenzhen, Skyplan's customers are assured of a seamless experience from arrival to departure with OSA offering full ground support in addition to the benefits of trip planning  services including slot coordination, permit provision and crew briefings. Complementing the existing services Skyplan has recently launched Aurora, a fully integrated web-based flight planning system. The full range of Oriental Sky Aviation's ground support services also includes contract dispatch, ground handling supervision, fueling, catering, customs clearance and a range of visa provision and travel coordination services.

"China is a rapidly growing market with business jet numbers increasing each year, infrastructure development and more international flights taking place all the time. We wanted to provide our clients with a single source solution for all their travel needs from flight planning to all trip support through our partnership with Oriental Sky Aviation we are pleased to provide this," says Muhammad Sami, Managing Director of Skyplan.  "The service levels we provide at our other locations will be consistently maintained through our growing relationship with Oriental Sky Aviation."

The recent agreement builds on a decade of operational collaboration. Looking to the future the two companies anticipate that the continued rise in requests for flights between the burgeoning economies of China and Africa will offer increased opportunities for continued, sustainable business development.  "There is no doubt this corridor is creating huge opportunity and with our strong partnership we are excited by the possibilities for the future," concluded Sami.

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