Interest in executive jets and planes with fewer than 100 seats rose after the terrorist attacks in the United States, the chief executive of Canadian transport giant Bombardier said yesterday. Bob Brown, in China to see his company's joint ventures, said: 'Following September 11, we see a good trend for the use of business aircraft, in chartering or fractional ownership, because of security concerns and longer delays at airports.' Fractional ownership is a part share in a business jet. 'We have had no cancellations of our regional aircraft or options for them and are accelerating deliveries,' Mr Brown said. Bombardier makes passenger jets with 50 to 70 seats and is testing one with 90 seats. Based in Montreal, it employs 79,000 people in 24 countries and had revenues in the fiscal year ending January 31 of C$16.1 billion (about HK$79.39 billion). Its share price has fallen more than 40 per cent since September 11 because of a sell-off of aviation-related stock. In Shanghai, Mr Brown met senior government officials and attended a meeting of the advisory council to the city government, of which he is a member. He will go to Qingdao this week where his firm is setting up a pilot training centre with Shandong Airlines and a Canadian company that makes simulators. Shandong Airlines is also its partner in a Hong-Kong based charter network service for business jets in Asia which it plans to launch next year. Called 'Flexjet', this will provide jets to clients. 'We will not be owners,' said John Cheh, president of Bombardier China. 'We will provide the service with less than 10 planes initially, in Hong Kong, the Philippines and China, including four Challenger 604 business jets sold to Shandong Airlines for delivery in March-April next year. 'Our initial customers will be from our client base in North America and will grow to include Asia customers,' he said.