AsBAA, the Asian region’s non-for-profit representative trade body for business and general aviation held its inaugural, CEO’s Roundtable Luncheon at the historic venue, the Hong Kong Club in Central, Hong Kong.

As an historical note: The Hong Kong Club was used as a “Taipans’ Club” for the convenience of, and as a meeting place for, the heads of the large “hongs” that existed in the Colony.

It was therefore poignant to hold AsBAA’s first luncheon for the leaders of the Hong Kong Business Aviation Industry at this venue. This event marks the start of an official collaborative platform for Asian business aviation leaders to come together through AsBAA to discuss issues affecting the future of the industry in Asia and will soon be rolled out to other major cities across the region.

AsBAA Inaugural CEO Series Luncheon, Hong Kong Club, Hong Kong

AsBAA leaders welcomed VIPs: Mr. David Tong, Director of Sir Elly Kadoorie & Sons Limited, and Mr. Chris Chalk, Vice Chairman of the British Aviation Group and Mott MacDonald’s Aviation Practice Leader, the keynote speaker. Topics of discussion at the event included: the history of aviation in the region, future industry insights, market forces, automation and its continued disruption and threats to the industry such as its public perception.

Mr. Chris Chalk, Vice Chairman of the British Aviation Group delivered an insightful presentation in which he talked about how the advancements to technology will affect aviation. He shared his views on the opportunities and challenges of smart airports and of achieving intelligent mobility with autonomous vehicles, big data and artificial intelligence. He also commented on some of the equipment solutions his company has developed to protect aircraft assets from climate conditions.

AsBAA Chairman, Charlie Mularski, commented “As leaders, it is important to come together and tackle issues with viable solutions to secure the industry’s future for the next generation of aviators. The introduction of the CEO Luncheon Series to AsBAA’s growing programme of community focussed events is a strategic move under one of our three mission pillars, Community (Representation and Advocacy). This, along with other community events is about creating value for our members to engage, share best practices, network and create opportunities for new business and ideas for the good of our industry in Asia”.

Marwan Abdel-Khalek, CEO and Founder of Gama Group Ltd spoke at the event of the importance of cooperation between industry bodies. As the Chairman of BBGA EBAA board member, he highlighted the value of sharing best practice, particularly in relation to government liaison and lobbying work, welcoming closer collaboration between AsBAA, EBAA and NBAA to jointly promote and protect the industry. Marwan also commented that the public perception of the business aviation industry in Europe and Middle East has shifted and there is now a greater understanding and awareness of the positive economic impact that private jet users bring to cities – creating jobs which leads to further growth, investment and development for the wider economy.

AsBAA Chairman Charlie Mularski and keynote speaker, Chris Chalk, Mott McDonald

Mularski concluded, “Within the AsBAA membership there is an enormous amount of talent and experience.The value of this to the industry and regulators is the access to an unlimited pool of expertise on which to call upon for advice, introductions, problem solving and honest opinions. Within our membership an individual or a Corporation could be the creator of the next big disruptive product or service for our exciting and dynamic sector. Through AsBAA’s series of Community events, we can explore these ideas and nurture talent in the industry whilst securing recognition for business and general aviation in Asia. We thank our distinguished guests for attending the inaugural CEO Luncheon Series and look forward to the next one.”

AsBAA in the Community

AsBAA’s next Community events:

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM), June 13th, 2017, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore commences with a welcome lunch at 1230L.
    • The AGM will be held immediately ahead of the two-day Corporate Jet Investor Conference (CJI) Asia, 14-15 June. To register for Corporate Jet Investor, contact: or +44 1737 844 383
  • AsBAA Safety Symposium, sponsored by Bombardier: Half-day event, 16th June AM, Fullerton Hotel, Singapore.
  • Icons of Aviation Awards, Asia, November 10, 2017, Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong from 1830L

To find out more about AsBAA in the Community events or to register – get in touch.

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