Among the aircraft manufacturers and charter providers appearing at ABACE, aviation service providers are also represented among the exhibitors. One that is returning for a second year is Castle & Cooke Aviation (Booth P318), which operates a string of fixed-base operations (FBOs) with locations on the U.S. West Coast and in Hawaii.
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For the most part, Europe’s business aviation community has had a rough time since it last gathered in Geneva 12 months ago for its annual EBACE gathering. While 2011, as a whole, saw modest bizav traffic growth in Europe of 1.9 percent, the second half of last year saw the number of movements decline compared with the same period in 2010.
Cambridge Airport is the new name for the field in England that, two years ago, changed its name from Cambridge City Airport to Marshall Airport Cambridge. The most recent name change comes as its private owner, the Marshall Group, relaunches efforts to develop the airport as a business aviation hub for the east of England.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will rejoin the business aviation show circuit on February 28 to March 1, 2012 at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China. ABACE had been held from 2004 through 2007, but the 2009 show was canceled due to the economic downturn. As before, ABACE will be hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).
NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association are resurrecting the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace). Under a recently struck agreement, the event will be held annually beginning in 2012 at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China. Abace 2012 will be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2012.
The Asian business aviation sector is on the brink of hatching into an extremely lucrative market. According to companies active in the region, long-anticipated growth is finally beginning to materialize.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will return to Shanghai in 2012, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen announced yesterday here at the NBAA convention. The NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will cohost the three-day event (February 28 to March 1, 2012).
“Last year was a great year for business aviation in Asia, especially the Greater China Region. I believe it was a record year of growth. We had more aircraft deliveries, more new operators started and more investment into business aviation infrastructure,” said Jason Liao, sales director for China at Bombardier Business Aircraft.
The ASA Group is preparing to establish a pair of FBOs in Thailand through a deal that would see it take over the management of the Thai government’s VIP terminals in Bangkok and Phuket. The first of the new bases could be operational by year-end and the other during next year’s first quarter, according to ASA Group CEO Simon Wagstaff.
Some would have us believe that for business aviation the age of “big is beautiful” has arrived. The NetJets fractional-ownership program now dwarfs many airlines, and major U.S. carrier United Airlines has declared its intent to grab a potentially big slice of the fractional pie.
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