National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) gave a positive review to the just concluded Asia Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. “ABACE appears to have met or exceeded everyone’s expectations,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said in a press release, adding “The industry continues to see opportunities in the region, as illustrated in part by the introduction of two aircraft models displayed for the first time in China. We were also pleased with the strong support for general aviation shown by government leaders here. Clearly, there continues to be enormous potential for business aviation in China, and across Asia.”
In the release, Bolen pointed to other examples illustrating the show’s success:
- The ABACE exhibit floor had more than 180 exhibitors, and the show’s floor footprint was the largest ever. About 40 percent of ABACE exhibitors were based in Asia, and more than 40 countries were represented among ABACE attendees, demonstrating the show’s international representation.
- ABACE featured 33 aircraft on display this year, including the full spectrum of business aircraft, from pistons through intercontinental jets – including an air ambulance aircraft – and helicopters. Ten exhibitors hosted chalets situated on the display ramp.
- ABACE also featured the first-time appearance of an exhibitor’s solar-powered, unmanned aircraft.
The market, according to NBAA, is seeing 20% annual growth. The trade group noted, the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued the 13th Five-Year Plan For General Aviation Development.