Guernsey AOC Clears Way for Hongkong Jet’s BBJ787 ‘2-DEER’

Hongkong Jet (Booth H110) has received an air operator certificate (AOC) from 2-Reg, the civil aviation registry from the island of Guernsey (in the Channel Islands) for its recently formed aircraft management subsidiary BAS Guernsey.

According to Denzil White, who serves as CEO of both companies along with the title of chairman of BAS Guernsey, Hongkong Jet is turning its attention to expansion outside of Asia, and he views the establishment of BAS Guernsey as a springboard to the European business aviation market. The company was informed that they had met the standards of the registry, which meets all ICAO regulations, late Sunday night, capping the three-month review process.

Established in 2013, it has since registered more than 180 aircraft. In March 2016, the registry adopted new regulations that allow it to also issue registration and certificates for commercial air transport for companies that are located and registered in Guernsey, leading Hongkong Jet to establish its offices there.

The first aircraft to be registered on Hongkong Jet’s AOC is one of parent company Deer Jet’s managed aircraft, a Boeing BBJ787-8, which will be available for worldwide charter under the registration number 2-DEER. White expects to add four more business jets to the 2-Reg AOC by year-end, and another five in 2018.

Among the benefits cited for the registry is its speed. “With a lot of the other traditional registrations, we’ve been quoted months as opposed to weeks in terms of registering the aircraft,” said White. It took just a week to register the BBJ 787 as 2-DEER, he said. Hongkong Jet is also anticipating the receipt of an AOC from Malaysia in the third quarter.

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