Asian bizav show to debut in June

 - May 3, 2010, 6:17 AM

Business aircraft manufacturers Gulfstream, Dassault, Hawker Beechcraft and Cessna will be exhibiting at the new Asian Business Aviation (ABA) show, to be held at the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) from June 9 to 11. The event at Macau International Airport will co-locate chalets and exhibit stands, as well as a static display of aircraft. Other confirmed exhibitors for the new event include service companies such as Tag Aviation and Sino Private Aviation, which are expanding their presence in China.

ABA will open with a one-day conference on June 9, with an agenda intended to provide guidance to end users about various options and considerations. The exhibits will be open on June 10 and 11 with a gala dinner scheduled for the evening of June 10.

The working title for the conference is “Business Aircraft in Asia–a Buyer’s Guide.” Jason Liao, Bombardier’s sales director for China, will address what prospective clients should consider when looking to buy a jet. Simon Wagstaff, CEO of the ASA Group, will lead a panel discussion on operational questions relating to flying aircraft in Asia. The conference will be held in Macau’s Grand Venetian hotel.

ABA has the backing of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), which is supporting the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) to be held in Hong Kong on January 18 and 19, 2011. 

“We are delighted to join forces with Reed Exhibitions for this exciting new event,” said AsBAA chairman Chuck Woods, who is also CEO of Macau-based operator Jet Asia. 

“ABA in Macau will provide a valuable face-to-face networking platform this year–in the absence of other dedicated business aviation events in this region.” 

Confirmed primary sponsors for ABA include the Civil Aviation Authority of Macau, the Macau Government Tourist Board, CAM Macau International Airport and the MBAC. Macau’s Trade and Investment Promotion Institute is also lending support in securing VIPs and prominent business visitors.

The ABA show coincides with Reed Exhibitions’ annual Global Gaming Expo Asia, G2E Asia. The event is expected to draw more than 4,500 gaming professionals and owners of casinos, cruise ships and gaming clubs. The gaming industry is a significant user of business aircraft in China– often to fly high-rolling clients to casinos.

According to Reed, the delegates attending ABA will include business aircraft operators, charter brokers, airports, FBOs and handling agents, aircraft interior firms, insurance companies, fuel providers and in-flight caterers. The show is also pitched at senior executives, entrepreneurs and companies that are shopping for a jet or helicopter, as well as advisory services in law, finance/leasing, maintenance and senior travel services executives.