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Hong Kong private jet operator suspended from flying on mainland China for faking paperwork at ‘state event’

A major Hong Kong-based private jet operator has been suspended from flying for three years on mainland China after it was found to have faked documents for its flight plans.

The suspension was imposed on HongKong Jet for violating flight plan regulations during an “important state-level event”, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on its website on Sunday. The event was not disclosed.

The authorities were now investigating the jet operator and an internal probe was also underway, Thepaper.cn reported.

HongKong Jet, which was set up in 2009 and has more than 90 full-time staff members, calls itself a market leader in executive jet operations, maintenance and charters.

It is part of the HNA Group, a Chinese conglomerate involved in aviation, shipping, real estate and financial services, among other industries, according to the jet operator’s website.

The company vowed to work on preventing such incidents from recurring, but declined to disclose details about the alleged fraudulent paperwork as well as the “important state-level event” in question. HNA has not commented on the matter.

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While HongKong Jet says on its Chinese website that it is responsible for HNA Group’s overseas executive jet business, its English website makes no mention of the mainland airline giant, which operated more than 500 aircraft.

But in a previous interview with the Asian Business Aviation Association, HongKong Jet CEO Denzil White has mentioned that his company forms part of HNA Group.