The general theme of all the speakers at the ABACE opening session this morning was one of cooperation of efforts to bring a vibrant and viable business aviation industry to China. “Business aviation generates jobs, allows companies to be productive and efficient and helps the country in times of natural disaster,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Nianzu Wu, chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, and Jiang Ping, vice mayor of Shanghai, focused on improving safety management systems within the Shanghai airports infrastructure. Nianzu pointed out that in 2012 there were 3,800 business aviation flights from Shanghai airports, which are one-third of all business flights in China.
Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, ICAO Council president, focused his speech on the integration of China into the formation of a global airspace infrastructure. Wrapping up the session, Gary Locke, the U.S. Ambassador to China, spoke about the robust trade that has grown up between the U.S. and China in the past 40 years. He pointed out that 80 businesses from the U.S. were present at ABACE, a reflection of this interchange.