NBAA has confirmed plans to launch a new annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This July 14 to 16 it will stage a prelude to the new show with its ABACE Forum to be held in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a full-blown event to be held in Shanghai, China, in the summer next year (firm dates to be announced soon).
According to NBAA president Shelley Longmuir, ABACE is intended as a platform to promote the use of business aircraft as tools for economic growth in Asia. The event will also be used to engage with the region’s aviation policy makers in a bid to achieve more favorable operating conditions for corporate aircraft. It will seek to attract top company executives from Asian countries, chief pilots, aviation department managers, government officials and maintenance personnel, as well as schedulers and dispatchers.
Like the NBAA’s established annual convention, and the EBACE and LABACE events it has already launched in Europe and Latin America, respectively, ABACE will feature a conference program, briefings and industry exhibitors. Unlike EBACE and LABACE, NBAA will be promoting the new show alone, without the direct participation of a regional business aviation association. Longmuir indicated that the relatively new Asian Business Aviation Association is not yet sufficiently well established to participate as a partner in the ABACE venture.
The ABACE 2005 show will be based at Shanghai’s main exhibition center. The southern Chinese city’s secondary Hongqiao Airport will host a static display and a VIP lounge will be available to exhibitors and their visitors. Shanghai is China’s fastest-growing business city.
Kathleen Blouin, NBAA’s vice president of conventions and seminars, said other Asian cities will be considered as possible future venues for ABACE. More information on the Hong Kong forum and NBAA’s other regional business aviation forums can be found at www.nbaa.org/forums. An official ABACE Web site–zzz (www.abace.aero) is currently under construction.