EBACE 2012 a success by every measure

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Organisers conclude one of the strongest EBACE shows

EBACE 2012 static aircraftNow the dust has settled on
the 12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, those
who organised the event concluded the event was one of the strongest EBACE shows
yet, demonstrating its value even amidst a challenging European economy.

Numbers were on a par with
last year, some 12,638 people had attended, from 99 countries. Again
there were 491 exhibitors occupying 2,280 booth spaces across three halls in
the Palexpo convention centre. The static display featured 60 aircraft with all
major manufacturers attending, so many aircraft that there was a 10% increase
in ramp space needed to park them, making EBACE 2012 the largest ever static
display.

Brian Humphries, European
Business Aviation Association (EBAA) president, Fabio Gamba, EBAA CEO, and Ed
Bolen, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO, were
pleased with the show’s strong outcome.

“This year’s show was a
tremendous success,” Humphries said. “The numbers demonstrate that EBACE
remains the most important European business aviation event, even in – and,
perhaps especially in – tough economic times in the region.”

Gamba agreed, adding: “We’re
delighted with the excitement and enthusiasm that surrounded this year’s show.
We thank the Exhibitors and Attendees for their support, and we look forward to
seeing them again at EBACE 2013.”

Gamba and Bolen noted that,
as with previous EBACE events, the 2012 edition provided an effective advocacy
platform for the industry, showcasing the value of business aviation in Europe and across the world. He pointed to the
participation of three top government officials in the EBACE2012 Opening
General Session: Salvatore Sciacchitano, executive secretary of the European
Civil Aviation Conference; Marian Jean Marinescu, a member of the European
Parliament and vice president of the European People’s Party of the
European Parliament; and Matthew Baldwin, the European Commission’s director for
aviation and international transport affairs.

“EBACE allowed us to show
the true face of business aviation to high-ranking government officials, and to
highlight the industry’s essential role in supporting jobs, helping companies
succeed and connecting towns and cities across Europe
to the broader global marketplace,” Bolen said. “We look forward to having
similar opportunities to communicate the industry’s importance at future EBACE
events.”

EBACE 2013 will be held from
Tuesday 21 May to Thursday 23 May 2013.

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