The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) announced plans for the reintroduction of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The event, which will be held annually beginning in 2012 at the Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China, marks the much-anticipated return of the first and most successful trade show in Asia dedicated solely to business aviation.
ABACE 2012 will be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from February 28 to March 1, 2012. The event will include exhibits in the facility’s 4,000 square-meter hangar, a Static Display of Aircraft outside on its expansive ramp, and on-site education sessions led by industry veterans with knowledge of the region’s business and regulatory environment.
“When NBAA and AsBAA hosted the first ABACE in Shanghai in 2004, much of the world questioned the potential for business aviation in Asia,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “However, those early shows yielded results by increasing awareness about our industry. We are returning to Shanghai far ahead of where we started, but with still much to accomplish; nevertheless, it is now clear to everyone that there is tremendous potential for business aviation in Asia.”
“AsBAA is pleased to join NBAA in co-organizing ABACE2012 at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport,” said AsBAA Chairman Chuck Woods. “Our association brings local knowledge and expertise to the partnership, with NBAA providing its renowned event-organizing skills. Both organizations believe that ABACE not only represents an excellent platform to introduce the benefits of business aviation to Asia, but as IBAC members, we believe ABACE also provides an opportunity to work with the region’s regulators on policies that support our industry.”
Several of the original equipment manufacturers with plans to exhibit at ABACE2012 voiced their strong support for return of ABACE.
“Dassault is enthusiastic about ABACE,” said Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. President Jean Rosanvallon. “We expect it to be like the NBAA Convention, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition and the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition — one of the world’s premier business aviation events.”
Bombardier Business Aircraft Vice President for Marketing Rod Williams added: “ABACE will be the right show, at the right time, in the right place. We are very much looking forward to it.”
Hawker Beechcraft Chairman and CEO Bill Boisture noted, “ABACE is exactly what our industry needs – a dedicated business aviation event that we know will effectively promote business aviation in this important market.”