The numbers are up for the NBAA Maintenance Conference, which concluded Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, and they are the highest they’ve been in its 33 years. Attendance at the three-day conference was 1,300, “by far the largest we’ve ever had,” NBAA senior v-p of strategy and innovation Mike Nichols told AIN.
This year’s conference also recorded an increase in companies exhibiting, as well as booth spaces. More than 180 companies exhibited in 200 booth spaces, compared with 140 companies exhibiting in 180 spaces at the 2018 conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nichols attributed the increases in attendance and exhibitors to several factors, not the least of which is a healthy economy that’s encouraged companies to loosen their purse strings for professional development. Fort Worth’s central location and proximity to a large commercial airport likely contributed to the increase as well as larger than typical exhibit hall for the conference that was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, he added.
Also, the Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians (FAFT) conference, which was jointly hosted with the NBAA Maintenance Conference, attracted nearly 200 attendees. With the addition of exhibitors specific to the FAFT, total exhibitors at the combined Fort Worth events were more than 190, occupying more than 230 booth spaces, according to NBAA.