Wetaskiwin aviation company teams up with Chinese allies

Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. brings first of its kind partnership to Canada

Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. president John Jeffries (left ) and Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd general manager Feng Ge (right) signed a business agreement Feb. 20 for several joint ventures between the two aviation companies.

Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. president John Jeffries (left ) and Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd general manager Feng Ge (right) signed a business agreement Feb. 20 for several joint ventures between the two aviation companies.

After multiple years in the making, a joint business agreement between a Wetaskiwin-based aviation company and another located in China is finally ready to take flight.

John Jeffries, president of Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd., located at the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport, is partnering with Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd. of Yongcheng, Henan Province, China with the goal of filling an aviation niche that will soon become very popular in the populous Asian nation.

Together the two companies will focus on aircraft manufacturing and assembly, flight training, aircraft charters, aircraft maintenance, aircraft sales, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance training and aircraft parts sales.

Jeffries has loved aviation most of his life and when he was introduced to Hong Fang Zhang, a Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd. representative, several years ago he knew there could be great opportunities for Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. in China.

“China is very interested in aviation,” said Jeffries.

“There are some companies over there that want to invest in aircraft manufacturing,” he added

Jeffries says, in the past, the Chinese military has laid heavy restrictions on low level airspace in the country. However, the current government is looking to ease those restrictions. “As soon as those are lifted it will be just like here.”

Having worked in the public sector in China, Zhang knew many influential people and she also felt a partnership between Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. and Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd. would be largely beneficial for all those involved.

“I saw he (Jeffries) had very good skills for aviation,” said Zhang.

Zhang says while Canada has a strong, well-established aviation industry China is not as advanced in the industry. Combining the resources both countries have to offer will create stronger development for Shengda Xiang Yun Aviation Co. Ltd. and Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd.

“I wanted to introduce China and Canada to make a company for partnership and friendship,” said Zhang.

The Chinese government is backing the development of 5,000 new airports in the country, in support of aviation. “China, they’re very excited,” said Zhang.

Jeffries says the Wetaskiwin component of the agreement will bring between 100 to 200 jobs to the region.

“All of the manufacturing and assembly will be here to start with,” said Jeffries. As further groundwork for the aviation industry is developed in China, Jeffries says it is expected parts of the business will be picked up and moved there.

Jeffries says this type of partnership is the first of its kind between Canada and China, because of how much is encompassed in the venture.

“We’ve identified a segment of the market we believe is undersaturated,” said Jeffries. By expanding into that market he expects global sales.

With Canada’s more established aviation industry, Jeffries and Flying Tiger Aviation Ltd. will be able to offer training opportunities through the business as well as share his knowledge with his Chinese counterparts. He adds the market for flight training is big in China.

 

Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer COVID cases continue to fall

114 cases in Red Deer, down one from Saturday

Maskwacis Pride crosswalk (Left to right): Montana First Nation Councillor Reggie Rabbit, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Louise Omeasoo, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Katherine Swampy, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Shannon Buffalo, Samson Cree Nation Chief Vern Saddleback.
Pride in Maskwacis

The 4th inaugural Maskwacis Pride crosswalk painting took place on Saturday 12, 2020.

Manluk Centre/ Impress
Manluk Centre re-opens to the public

Drop in and registered programs will be available; one-third facility capacity to be followed.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are looking for male responsible for an armed robbery at Super Car and RV Wash in Leduc.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

This undated photo provided by Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails shows a scout donating cookies to firefighters in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, as part of the Hometown Heroes program. As the coronavirus pandemic wore into the spring selling season, many Girl Scout troops nixed their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. That resulted in millions of boxes of unsold cookies. (Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails via AP)
Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies

Since majority of cookies are sold in-person, pandemic made the shortfall expected

In this artist’s sketch, Nathaniel Veltman makes a video court appearance in London, Ont., on June 10, 2021 as Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen (top left) and lawyer Alayna Jay look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Terror charges laid against London attack suspect

Crown says Nathaniel Veltman’s four counts of first-degree murder constitute an act of terrorism

Most Read