The second-annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) kicks off next week at the Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre FBO at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China, and it promises to play a vital role in stimulating and facilitating growth in the adoption of business aircraft as productivity tools in the region.
As the show prepares to open on Tuesday, show organizers NBAA and Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) are expecting approximately 7,000 attendees, almost double last year’s numbers. At the same time, they said that 84 percent of last year’s exhibitors have returned and the overall number of exhibitors has increased from 156 in March last year to 175 this year.
The static display will see 30 aircraft, up from last year’s 27. This will include Gulfstream’s new and fast-selling G650, reflecting China’s current preference for new ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets, However, there will also be some smaller aircraft on display, ranging from Beechcraft’s Bonanza piston single to Embraer’s Phenom light jets. Other aircraft will include the Dassault Falcon 7X, Bombardier Global 6000, Airbus ACJ318 and Boeing BBJ.
AIN will be publishing three daily editions of ABACE Convention News on the main days of the event, and sister publication Business Jet Traveler will be distributing a Chinese edition of its 2013 Business Aircraft Buyers Guide there. AINalerts will be publishing extra issues at ABACE next Monday and Wednesday, and live news, photos, podcasts and videos from the show will be posted on AINonline starting on Monday.