The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will return to Shanghai in 2012, according to Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association. The NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will cohost the three-day event, which is set for February 28 to March 1, 2012. It will be held at Hongqiao Airport’s new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center, which offers more than 13,000 square feet of hangar space and a static display area capable of accommodating 60 business aircraft.
The NBAA and AsBAA hosted the first ABACE event in Shanghai back in 2005, but the organizers cancelled a 2009 conference in December 2008, largely, Bolen said, because the industry was experiencing “as difficult a month as any in the history of business aviation.”
“The [business aviation] market in China is exploding,” said Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of the China Business Aviation Group and the NBAA’s chief representative in Asia. “It’s very exciting right now.”