EBACE 2008: Another One for the Record Books

 - May 22, 2008, 7:51 AM

The eighth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held this week in Geneva, has shattered records for attendance, as well as orders announced at the show. At press time, EBACE was heading to fulfill projections that more than 14,000 visitors would pass through its doors to visit the record roster of 444 exhibitors. Last year’s edition drew 11,267 attendees. The show has now completely filled Halls 6 and 7 at Geneva’s Palexpo center. While the airport facility has plenty more indoor space for further growth, the static area–packed with more than 60 aircraft–appears to have reached capacity. New aircraft orders worth almost $5.4 billion were announced during the show, and while much of the spending originated in Europe, large amounts also came from the even more dynamic emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia. Next year’s EBACE will be held May 12 to 14 in the same location.