The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Japan Business Aircraft Association (JBAA) on Tuesday. The signing builds on an earlier accord agreed at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards in Hong Kong in November 2018.
AsBAA has been looking to strengthen its existing chapters but also to form links with other associations in the region and beyond. The association aims to provide its members with the most accurate and up-to-date advice on business aviation in the Asia-Pacific. One of the most important issues is airport access, an issue that is especially relevant to Japan given upcoming events.
Speaking last November, JBAA chairman Keisuke Okada said, “From our view, the key to success is to focus on improving the customer experience, both for our members and their end customers. Japan is a huge market with great potential. There are many challenges ahead that need to be addressed, however we are confident that the MoU will improve mutual understanding, leading to swifter solutions. We look forward to working together for the better future of the industry.”
In September 2019, Japan will host the Rugby World Cup and, in the summer of 2020, the Olympic Games. The associations restated their commitment to work closely together to leverage the opportunities of these events for the Asian business and general aviation sector.