ABACE is increasingly becoming an international show with a uniquely Asian touch, according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. In its eighth edition in Shanghai, the show now features more speakers and exhibitors from China and Asia. This year, about 40 percent of the exhibitors are from Asia and a number of local speakers delivered presentations and educational sessions.
“Companies big and small come with hopes and goals on what their investment is going to do and who they are going to meet," Bolen said. "They have told me that the show has met and exceeded expectations and, in some cases, delighted them.”
He said the presence of the various companies this year underscores their commitment to the Asian market, despite some uncertainty in the marketplace. For example, Gulfstream had its largest-ever presence at the show, and Bombardier showing off the new Global 7500 for its first airshow debut "is a strong statement," he added. “ABACE is a big stage, and [companies] put their best people and product in the bright spotlight.”
ABACE 2019 included a panel dedicated to eVTOL technology for the first time, and Bolen said next year's show will also have some eVTOL elements. Co-organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association said they will continue to tailor ABACE to the latest trends and technology in this dynamic region.