EBACE Could Be the Stage for Quartet of Jet Launches

 - May 16, 2013, 3:40 PM
The 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) opens at the Palexpo center in Geneva next week. (Photo: Mark Wagner)

The 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) opens at the Palexpo center in Geneva next Tuesday. Intelligence gathering ahead of this year’s three-day show suggests that as many as four new jet models could be launched.

Pilatus is set to unveil long-anticipated plans for its PC-24. Nextant Aerospace is expected to announce a further development to its remanufactured 400XT. Less certain clues to possible EBACE news include scuttlebutt of announcements from Gulfstream about developments in the G450/550 segment of its product range and from Bombardier regarding a possible upgrade for the Challenger 300. Embraer’s Legacy 500, which is a direct rival to the Challenger 300, will make its international debut in Geneva, as will Bombardier’s Learjet 75.

Despite Europe’s struggling economy, EBACE is once again expected to draw approximately 13,000 visitors and almost 450 exhibitors. A big part of the show’s success has been the way it has diversified geographically to include participants from neighboring regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Count on AIN for full coverage of EBACE 2013. If you are in Geneva next week, be sure to pick up our special EBACE Convention News editions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The latest news from the show will also be available on AINonline, and AINtv will have video headline news. In addition, AINalerts will be published daily next Monday through Thursday to bring the top EBACE headlines to your inbox.