ABACE2015 Is Best Yet

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Shanghai, China, April 17, 2015 –   Following the April 16 conclusion of the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2015), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today said the event was the strongest edition of the show in its 10-year history.

“This was a big and exciting week,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “ABACE once again put China at center stage of the Asian and global business aviation community, and as we celebrated the show’s 10th year, it is clear that a high-water mark has been reached, not only for ABACE, but for business aviation in China and across Asia.”

Bolen cited several examples to illustrate his point.

Bolen also noted that from its start, ABACE has served not only as a world-leading business aviation event, but also as an important venue for bringing together government leaders who can help foster the industry’s continued growth. That was in evidence this week, with the strongest participation yet from government officials – for example:

Bolen added that the educational content provided at the show – which included both a regional and global focus – proved as valuable as ever. For example:

The 2015 edition of ABACE concluded with a Career Day focused on educating students from several area colleges about careers in business aviation. While such student-focused days have been a part of every ABACE since 2012, this one was the largest yet, with participation from more than 159 students. The event, which was jointly organized by NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), included an opening presentation, dedicated sessions for the students and a tour of the ABACE2015 static display of aircraft.

According to the Shanghai Airport Authority, to ensure the smooth operations of the civil airport and the exhibition simultaneously, airport officials closely collaborated with show organizers on improving and implementing security and emergency evacuation plans.

Under close coordination among the parties involved in producing ABACE, the move-in period this year was reduced from the original 26 days to 20, optimizing the efficiency of the setup and minimizing the show’s impact on regular flight operations.

Additionally, through measures taken to monitor and count the issuance of visitor badges, and smooth the crowd flow based on dates and time slots, this year’s exhibition was able to offer a better visiting experience and avoid concentration.

The SAA also made multiple levels of emergency evacuation plans, and conducted real-time monitoring and radio broadcasting in preparation for the event.

“By any measure, ABACE2015 was the best one yet, and it is clear that business aviation has not only become established in the region, but is flourishing,” Bolen said. “Exhibitors and attendees report that the show was a highly successful and valuable event, and the collaboration among the show organizers is as strong as ever. We thank everyone who participated in ABACE, and we look forward to returning to Shanghai next year.”

ABACE is jointly hosted each year by NBAA and the SAA, in coordination with AsBAA. ABACE2016 will take place from April 12 to 14, 2016. 


Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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