12 April 2016
Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), the Asian region’s not-for-profit representative trade body for business aviation kicked off ABACE with Media Day, its Annual General Meeting, and the VIP Media Cocktail.
Media Day at ABACE was well attended by local, regional, and global media outlets that came to hear Ed Bolen, President of NBAA, introduce senior dignitaries from the airport and civil aviation ahead of ABACE16. AsBAA’s Chairman, Charlie Mularski also opened Media Day and shared AsBAA’s activities and highlights for ABACE as co-host, which include the education sessions (Tuesday & Wednesday), and a Student Day on Thursday.
Ed Bolen spoke of ABACE’s growth since its inception in 2012, talking specifically of business aviation, “growing, evolving, and diversifying”. Mr. Bolen also spoke of the achievements of associations, NBAA and AsBAA in helping to increase awareness of the benefits of business and general aviation to public bodies so that they can support the industry. Emphasising the important role the business aviation industry plays as an economic driver, business efficiency facilitator, and tool for humanitarian purposes, Mr. Bolen went on to inform the audience of the aircraft on the static display at ABACE, including business jets, turbo-props, and an air ambulance, which are representative of the growing and diversifying uses of business and general aviation.