Some 12,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the 2014 edition of the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), which officially opens on Tuesday in Geneva. Co-run by the Brussels-based European Business Aircraft Association (EBAA) and NBAA, the event is of particular interest for operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At press time, 320 exhibitors have booked exhibition space, exceeding last year’s total, while the static display will feature about 55 aircraft. The physical layout of the EBACE site is changing this year. Notably, Hall 7 will not be used for exhibitions and instead will only provide access to the static display area.
The opening general session kicks off the show on Tuesday morning, and seminar sessions will continue throughout the event. EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba told AIN that the most pressing issue on the association’s agenda is illegal flights and the effects of new regulations. EU-ETS, which will be covered during a Tuesday afternoon session, also will be high on the agenda. “As it currently stands, the ETS is a failure,” Gamba told AIN in a pre-EBACE interview.
Count on AIN for full coverage of EBACE 2014. If you are in Geneva next week, be sure to pick up our special EBACE Convention News editions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The latest news from the show will also be available on AINonline. In addition, AINalerts will be published daily next Monday through Thursday to bring the top EBACE headlines to your inbox.