The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that the world´s major business aircraft manufacturers have committed to exhibit at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012).
"When NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) announced our plans for ABACE2012, the overwhelming support for the show expressed by industry leaders and CEOs was unprecedented," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "We are delighted that virtually all the major manufacturers, including Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft Company, Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Embraer Executive Jets, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation have turned their declarations of support for the show into commitments to exhibit."
NBAA´s announcement about the exhibitors´ commitments follows a recent ABACE planning meeting in Shanghai between Bolen and high-ranking government and airport officials. The meeting provided the Shanghai officials with an overview of the efforts underway to ensure ABACE2012 will not only be the premier business aviation event in Asia, but will take its place alongside NBAA´s Annual Meeting & Convention, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition and the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition as one of the key business aviation events in the world.
Following Bolen´s meetings, Mr. Nianzu Wu, Chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, reflected the widespread enthusiasm for ABACE2012 by telling Bolen: "Hongqiao Shanghai Airport is the best choice for ABACE, and we welcome you, not only in 2012, but in future years as well."
NBAA and AsBAA hosted their first ABACE in Shanghai in 2005, with subsequent shows in Hong Kong. ABACE2012 will take place from February 28 – March 1, 2012 at the brand-new Hawker Pacific facility at Hongqiao Shanghai Airport.
"The seeds that AsBAA and NBAA sowed with those pioneering shows, back when few others believed in business aviation in Asia, are now bearing fruit," Bolen said. "ABACE 2012 will accelerate the understanding and acceptance of business aviation that we initiated in 2005."