ABACE 2013 Smashes Records
ABACE 2013 broke the records on all fronts as it closed today, according to show organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Attendance was up more than 20 percent from ABACE 2012, with 7,714 people walking through the door at this year’s show, which was held this week at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, China.
There also was a healthy increase in the numbers of exhibitors and static-display aircraft, NBAA said. The final exhibitor count totaled 180, up 15 percent from last year. A quarter of the exhibitors were companies from Asia-Pacific.
In addition, there were 13 chalets at the just-concluded ABACE, a 44-percent climb from last year. The static-display ramp was also chock full, with 34 aircraft–25 percent more than last year–available for viewing by attendees.
“We are pleased to see the continued excitement about the future of business aviation in China, and across the broader Asian region, as demonstrated by the numbers for this year’s event,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “It’s clear that, once again this year, Shanghai assumed the center of the world’s business aviation stage. We look forward to building on this year’s show with even greater success in 2014.”
ABACE will return to Hongqiao next April 1 to 3.