This was the 14th EBACE exhibition now well established as Europe’s showcase for Business Aviation and only second to the NBAA Convention in the USA in the worldwide calendar. So successful has EBACE become that some manufacturers now shy away from the broader tradeshows in favour of this specialise event. This year saw some rearrangement of the indoor exhibition spaces but still sported a full static display of the current types on offer.
Palexpo, Geneva; Cointrin Airport, Switzerland
21-23rd May 2013
This year’s Geneva show was generally upbeat in the exhibition halls but the overall atmosphere was one of concern for the industry, particularly in the Eurozone. Visitor numbers held up but the visiting aircraft park was sparse in comparison to past years; one assumes delegates came by surface or scheduled flights.
11-13 December 2012
Dubai World Central Airport
This relatively young trade show has now moved into third place behind the NBAA in the USA and EBACE in Geneva as a showcase for executive jets and all their associated trimmings.
Previously hosted at the Dubai International airport this was its first showing at the new Dubai World Central (DWC); slightly south of the city and closer to the Etihad hub at Abu Dhabi. Now serving as a freight hub, DWC is finding it difficult to attract airlines and much of the infrastructure is incomplete; however, business jet fixed base operators are staking their claims as they are eased out of Dubai International by the growth of Emirates and its local subsidiary Fly Dubai.
Each year since the turn of the century Geneva welcomes the business aviation fraternity to EBACE, The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Although in the shadow of its US counterpart, the NBAA, it has grown each year in size and stature. This year the static display contained over sixty aircraft on a ramp beside the busy international apron. Hence there is no flying display as such, but the hundreds of visiting business aircraft make this a mecca for the business aviation enthusiasts who come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the surrounding roads as they monitor and photograph the movements free from the security paranoia we have come to expect elsewhere. This Swiss hospitality and understanding leads to a booming trade in hotels and restaurants at all price levels without compromising the lifestyle of the business jet executives. This year, in fine weather, both the new generations of light jets and the top level corporate palaces with wings were well represented. What a pleasant way to start the European season.
This, the European version of the NBAA is now held every year in Geneva. This year on 19-21st May. There is a large static display, numerous exhibitions and some flight demonstrations. The Geneva airport continues to operate throughout. The relaxed atmosphere and good weather made it a very enjoyable event.