Asia’s Biggest Business Aviation Event Once Again Primed for Success

Jan. 25, 2018

Asia’s premier business aviation event, the 2018 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2018), will be held April 17 to 19, 2018 at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, and thousands of attendees will be on hand to do business with exhibitors, attend informative education sessions and view the latest business airplanes and rotorcraft on static display.

“Since its launch in 2012, ABACE has rapidly developed into a high-value event, drawing entrepreneurs, aircraft-purchase decision makers and other high-level attendees from across Asia and throughout the world,” said Chris Strong, the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) senior vice president, conventions and membership.

Strong noted that at ABACE2017, 44 percent of attendees held executive management roles at their companies. Other attendees in the financial sector, sales and marketing, or flight department personnel came from 51 countries, with 75 percent from China.

With more than 150 exhibitors expected at this year’s show, attendees will experience “the full gamut of products and services business aviation leaders need to make informed decisions on new purchases,” Strong said.

ABACE is produced through a partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) and is co-hosted by NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). “As NBAA’s partner for hosting ABACE, AsBAA serves as key strategic partner helping us fully evolve our education sessions in a way that is most beneficial for this audience,” said Strong.

The education sessions being planned for ABACE 2018’s opening day will include a special emphasis on the future of aviation including upcoming mandates, according to Strong. Several new sessions have been added this year focused on best practices for managing an existing fleet, an important topic that will be the focal point of day two.

On the heels of last year’s successful program, organizers are again planning a CAAC Business Aviation Development Forum, hosted by the Eastern Region of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), the SAA and NBAA. High-level government officials are being invited to take part in the event, which looks at investment in general aviation operations, including business aviation, in China.