The rapid growth of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) has undoubtedly been an inspiration to those seeking to institute dedicated industry shows in other regions of the world. Since 2001, when EBACE established itself here in Geneva, annual bizav gatherings have sprung up in Asia, Latin America and, most recently, the Middle East.
States of Brazil
The upcoming second annual edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) will be an important test of whether the event has long-term growth potential.
After a difficult year in 2003, Brazil’s largest executive charter company, TAM Taxi Aéreo Marília, saw better times last year, when its revenues increased to Real 105 million ($39.4 million)–up 15 percent from the previous year–with help from a recovery in the local economy. The increase in revenues was a result of growing demand on all fronts, including maintenance, aircraft sales and executive charter.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) returns to São Paulo, Brazil, for the third annual staging of this groundbreaking event (March 31 to April 2). The show is organized jointly by ABAG, Brazil’s business aviation association, and the U.S. National Business Aviation Association.
Táxi Aéreo Marília (TAM) plans to transfer nearly all of its maintenance activity from São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, to the nearby Jundiaí Airport, where the company has already begun building a new hangar. The new facility is scheduled to open in midyear.
Citing a desire by the Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) to assume a more extensive role in organizing the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), NBAA yesterday announced, “After three years, ABAG is moving into the lead and will coordinate the event from São Paulo.” The shift will make ABAG the primary party responsible for the production of LABACE 2007, including organization of the exhibit
Jet Aviation has announced that it will invest between $8 and $10 million to build an FBO at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, about 62 miles from São Paulo. The operation will be Jet Aviation’s first in Latin America and will offer aircraft maintenance and ground services.
Jet Aviation has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil, to offer aircraft charter, management and sales in Latin America. The Swiss group’s new premises are located close to São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, the city’s main gateway for business aircraft. Jet Aviation has hired two former executives from the corporate aviation division
of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to run the new Latin American operation.
On any given day at the ultra-exclusive Daslu shopping center in São Paulo, Brazil, the parking lot is filled with Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguars and BMWs. It is beyond upscale and, for some, redefines pretentious.
Here, customers are not only from among the elite Paulistas, so are many of the sales staff, known as “daslusetes.” To “work” here is a status symbol of sorts.