AsBAA, Asia’s non-profit representative trade body for business and general aviation today hosted a ceremony in which it presented Orbis, Flying Eye Hospital with a cheque for USD54,000. The funds were raised by AsBAA’s members from China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia at the association’s annual industry awards show, the Icons of Aviation, Asia.

Chairman, Charlie Malarski said, “We feel that AsBAA has a responsibility to encourage and celebrate acts of corporate social responsibility in business and general aviation. ABACE is the perfect platform to celebrate the amazing generosity of AsBAA members from across the region supporting such a wonderful cause as Orbis, Flying Eye Hospital. We now plan to make the presentation ceremony an annual event at ABACE as a reminder of the great things our industry can achieve and in support of the outstanding work done in the region by Orbis.”

AsBAA presented Orbis, Flying Eye Hospital with a cheque for USD54,000 at ABACE 2017

Orbis operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

Mary Lau, Orbis Director of Development, China and Hong Kong said, “Orbis is honored to be AsBAA’s charity of choice and our partnership has lasted more than two years. Today, we continue our journey of saving sight worldwide here on ABACE. With your kind-hearted support, blind people can finally escape from the dark and experience the warmth from seeing again. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with AsBAA to transforming needlessly blind lives. We’re very much looking forward to seeing everyone again at the Icons of Aviation 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong”.

The Icons of Aviation Awards celebrates achievement across 12 key categories of business aviation, with a special lifetime achievement award, the Mike Davis Award. The first awards were held in 2015, in 2016 the awards were renamed, the Icons of Aviation. The 2016 winners can be seen here.

AsBAA Asian Business Aviation Association was found in 1999 as a non-profit membership-based organization, now with over 130 business and general aviation entity enterprises, is dedicated to boost the development of business and general aviation in Asia through avid promotion, communication with government, sharing of information, business networking, membership coordination (to synchronize the industry’s standpoints) and business support. It is situated in Asia’s vast business network consists of a collection of business jet manufacturers, fixed base operators and maintenance operators, as well as financial series including aircraft finance lease and asset management service providers. The commercial and public utility operations cover service providers of business travel chartering, air emergency rescue, medical transfer and rotorcraft operation and its ground agent. AsBAA encourages and advocates for the public and businesses to participate in the development of aviation culture education and public service activities, to increase awareness of business aviation amongst high school and vocational education institutions and to guide and facilitate the students’ career planning and employment.


Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years. Orbis transforms lives by delivering the skills, resources and knowledge needed to deliver accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public health agendas. Orbis operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. To learn more about Orbis and get involved, please visit here.