“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
China Minsheng Leasing Inks Agreement for Gulfstreams
Gulfstream Aerospace has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for midsize and large-cabin Gulfstreams with China's
Minsheng Financial Leasing. Though neither company would confirm the number of aircraft involved, many reports state that the MoU covers up to 50 Gulfstreams-an unspecified mix of G250s, G450s, G550s and G650s - worth a potential $2.6 billion. The aircraft leasing firm was formed in April 2008 by China Minsheng Banking and Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone Investment. As of the end of last year, it had ordered 17 business jets, reportedly including ones from Cessna, Dassault Falcon and Hawker Beechcraft. It has already taken delivery of at least one aircraft - a Gulfstream G450. Minsheng has registered capital of RMB 2.3 billion ($480 million). According to the Firestone Management Group, 116 business jets were registered in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) as of last January. Minsheng president Zhang Bo told a conference in London earlier this year that he expects this number to reach 170 by year-end.