This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
A day after shelving this year’s in-person European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in favor of a virtual event, NBAA cancelled its remaining in-person events scheduled for the first half of the year, including the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) that was set for April 13 to 15 in Shanghai, China. Also canceled were the 2021 NBAA Maintenance Conference, which was planned for May 11 to 13, and the 2021 NBAA White Plains Regional Forum, scheduled for June 9.
These events join many other aviation in-person gatherings that were canceled or postponed in the first half, ranging from the Paris Air Show to Heli-Expo. As with EBACE, NBAA is exploring options for virtual programs to replace the canceled events.
“We are disappointed that we will be unable to offer a robust slate of in-person events in the first half of 2021,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said. “But the safety and security of our event participants have always been a core value for the association, and that is central to our decision.”
NBAA already had replaced other events, including its annual Schedulers and Dispatchers show and International Operators Conference, with online forums. The next in-person ABACE is scheduled from April 12 to 15, 2022, while the 2022 Maintenance Conference is planned from May 3 to 5, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.