EBACE2001 Exceeds Highest Expectations

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, April 25, 2001 – EBACE2001, the First Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition held April 18, 19 and 20, registered 3,620 Attendees and more than 190 Exhibitors, exceeding all pre-show expectations and establishing EBACE as the largest uniquely business aviation event in Europe. This inaugural event was sponsored jointly by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), based in Brussels, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), based in Washington, DC. Attendees included business aircraft operators, policymakers, regulators, opinion leaders, members of the media and technology leaders in the business aviation industry.

EBACE2001 took place in Hall 7 at Palexpo Convention Center in Geneva, where Exhibitors displayed their products and services on approximately 16,000 square meters. A permanent bridge constructed for EBACE by Orgexpo and Geneva International Airport provided access between the exhibit hall and the airport, where 30 aircraft were on Static Display.

There was a good mix of vendors and delegates, with plenty of business-to-business activity,” declared NBAA President Jack Olcott. EBAA Chief Executive Fernand Francois also emphasized, “This was the first time that an exhibition of this size, solely devoted to business aviation, has been organized in Europe, and it was also the very first time that two business aviation associations joined forces for the direct benefit of our important sector of aviation.

Both Olcott and Francois were officially received at the Palace of the Geneva Government by the President of State Council, Carlo Lamprecht, who thanked them for the economic revenue that EBACE2001 and business aviation generated for Geneva.

EBACE2002, the 2nd Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, returns to Geneva on May 28, 29 and 30, 2002.

For general information about this event, visit the EBACE Web site at www.ebace.com, or contact the following EBACE representatives:

EBACE European Office
Darcy Christiansen
Tel: +322 766 0076
Fax: +322 768 1325
E-mail: dchristiansen@ebaa.org

EBACE U.S.A Office
Kathleen Blouin
Tel: (202) 783-9364
Fax: (202) 862-5552
E-mail: kblouin@nbaa.org

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,400 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.