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The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) will take place at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport for at least the next four years, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president Ed Bolen said at the show yesterday.
ABACE show host Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC) has been approved by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) to perform maintenance on Bombardier’s Global 5000 and ultra-long-range Global Express/XRS series of business jets. Shanghai Hawker Pacific is the first approved Part 145 facility in China.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) will take place at Shanghai Hongqaio Airport for at least the next four years, NBAA president Ed Bolen said today at Abace 2012, which is being hosted this week at Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at the Shanghai airfield.
“Shanghai is a great regional hub and attracts people from all over the world,” he said. “Our Ebace and Labace shows are permanently located at Geneva and São Paulo, which seems to work well for people, and it’s possible that we will do the same with Abace in Shanghai.”
The U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is making a return trip to the Asia Pacific region after a lapse of several years, largely due to the global recession that began in 2008. The first Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) was held here in Shanghai back in 2005, followed by shows held between 2006 and 2008 in Hong Kong.
Following its recent Civil Aviation Administration of China approval as a Part 145 maintenance organization, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) has completed its first (and China’s first by an authorized service center and independent MRO) scheduled maintenance inspection on a Chinese-registered corporate aircraft. The MRO completed the work on an unspecified Chinese-owned and -operated midsize business jet last month.
According to NBAA, exhibitor chalets are sold out for the 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace), which will be held late next month at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. “Due to limited space on the ramp, NBAA offered for the first time a standardized structure and layout for OEM exhibitors at Abace,” said NBAA senior manager for regional forums and static displays Joe Hart.
With less than two months to go before the opening of this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) in Shanghai, organizers report that exhibition space for the event is sold out. NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen notes that a new pavilion area added to accommodate the overflow has also been filled. “To see that area sell out along with our original floor space underscores the significant interest in the show in China and across the Asian region,” he said.
This year we could finally find out whether China will fully realize its potential as the world’s most dynamic new market for business aviation. For all the high-octane speculation about growth in China, 2011 closed with fewer than 200 business aircraft registered in the country and continuing difficulties in getting them imported and flying for the new jet-set in the People’s Republic.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, located at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, is reporting a 145-percent increase in business aviation traffic over the past 12 months.