Empire Aviation Group (EAG), the Dubai-based private aviation specialist, has announced the launch of its new aircraft management operations in Hong Kong with offices and staff in place. EAG has set up a new joint venture (JV) company with a local partner company and is already managing a Gulfstream G650 business jet on behalf of a local owner based in Hong Kong. The new operation will serve the domestic Hong Kong market, as well as the wider region including mainland China. EAG has recently announced new operations in San Marino, as the company builds-out its global business model, based on personalised asset management services for aircraft owners in key regional private aviation markets. The San Marino AOC (Air Operator Certificate) also allows EAG to charter aircraft globally, regardless of where they based, which will benefit owners in the Far East. Paras Dhamecha, Executive Director, Empire Aviation Group, commented: “Our business is rapidly expanding east and west from our base in Dubai, which still provides the perfect central hub location for a global private aviation business. We have been looking at the Far East for some time as private aviation has developed rapidly in recent years and, now we have found the right partner, believe that the regional market will continue to expand for the distinctive asset management approach we take to aircraft management. As in all the markets we now operate, the Far East greatly values the personal relationships on which our business is based and so we are very confident about the market potential.” Launched in 2007 in Dubai, EAG now operates one of the region’s largest managed fleets of business jets, with 27 aircraft based in Dubai, Oman, India, San Marino, Hong Kong and Nigeria. The company, which has a team of 150 aviation specialists, has expanded operations across the globe and opened branches in India and, most recently, in San Marino, as well as a dedicated sales office in the USA.