The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reported today that, with about a month still remaining before the ribbon-cutting that will officially open the 2013 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013), about eighty percent of the Exhibit floor space for the show is already sold out.
Furthermore, in another encouraging sign of ABACE2013’s importance to the region’s emerging business aviation community, approximately 25% of registered Exhibitors are companies based in the Asia-Pacific region. These include aircraft charter and support entities, ground handling companies, and regional aircraft service providers.
“Cleary, there’s a lot of excitement among Exhibitors for ABACE2013, and a recognition that this show is the premier business aviation event in the Asian region,” reported Kathleen Blouin, NBAA Senior Vice President, Conventions & Forums. “This is also terrific news for Attendees, because it means ABACE will be the show that will bring them the largest Exhibit lineup in the region, with the most diverse and up-to-date lineup of aircraft and other business aviation products and services.”
Blouin also noted enthusiastic responses from manufacturers to the significantly expanded Exhibitor Chalets at ABACE2013, which will be located adjacent to the Static Aircraft display. Building on their successful introduction at last year’s ABACE, these climate-controlled chalets will provide an environment for attendees to discuss their business aviation needs with company representatives.
ABACE2013 is presented in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority, and co-hosted by NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and the Shanghai Exhibition Company. All of the leading international business aviation associations – including the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) are also ABACE partners.
The event – to be held April 16-18 – will host the world’s leading general aviation suppliers and vendors, showcasing the latest equipment, tools and technologies used by business aircraft customers around the globe. Those attending ABACE2013 will be able to make side-by-side comparisons of the latest airplanes, helicopters and avionics.
In addition to over 150 exhibits, ABACE2013 will also feature a robust slate of Education Sessions covering topics of relevance to attendees from across the industry – whether they’ve utilized business aviation for months or years, or are merely exploring their options for operating a business aircraft to optimize the efficiency, productivity, and growth of their companies.
Perhaps most importantly, ABACE2013 will also provide an outstanding industry-advocacy platform, and an important venue to continue the vital dialogue between regulatory authorities and business leaders in the region about the benefits of business aviation.
In a gesture which emphasizes the growing importance of China, India, and other Asia-Pacific countries to the global aviation community, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Roberto Kobeh González has agreed to serve as a keynote speaker for the event.
“ABACE isn’t merely a trade show; it’s also an opportunity to help build the industry, and to engage the Chinese government about the expansion of business aviation in the region,” Blouin said. “We anticipate another fantastic show, which will once again demonstrate the significant benefits of business aviation to a growing audience throughout the area.”