Shanghai Hawker Pacific Hosts ABACE for the Eight Consecutive YearApril 18, 2019
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) is the 8th consecutive show to be hosted at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific facility, a joint venture between Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) and Hawker Pacific, a Jet Aviation Company. Thousands of business aviation professionals reportedly attend the annual ABACE convention in China’s largest city, Shanghai. Managed under the umbrella of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the event is held at Hongqiao International Airport.
“Our ongoing cooperation with NBAA has resulted in a show that has consistently boosted the position of business aviation and helped establish the community as part of the overall aviation industry in the continent,” said Carey Matthews, GM of the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. “An industry show of this size and magnitude has tremendous platform requirements. Our Shanghai Hawker Pacific facilities include two hangars and an FBO at Hongqiao, and a second FBO and parking area at Pudong, providing enough space and infrastructure for the show to take place in this unique setting.”
Leading up to the show, during construction of the chalets and the aircraft static displays, most of the normal business aviation traffic for Hongqiao is diverted to Pudong international airport (PVG). Matthews contends the second airport that supports business aviation in Shanghai is critical; Pudong permitting regular business jet operators continued access to Shanghai during the show, with Hongqiao offering hangarage next to the exhibition — a convenient setting for the event. Matthews added, “We have dramatically increased the parking capacity at Pudong over the last few years, and we believe this added space at PVG helps operators better maneuver in and out of Shanghai during the event.”
About Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBAC), located in Hongqiao Airport, is a joint venture between Shanghai Airport Authority and Hawker Pacific, a Jet Aviation Company. Since opening in April of 2010, the company has established some of the key components for business aviation to thrive in China.
As part of Jet Aviation’s global network of close to 50 locations, SHPBASC consists of two FBOs and one MRO. Its 8500 square-meter MRO established in 2011 was the first dedicated to business aviation in China. Over the last 7 years, it has been continually expanding it capabilities. It maintains a CAAC approval for Part 145 Maintenance work. It is an approved by the FAA as a Foreign Repair Station. Additionally, it has approvals from the Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Hong Kong, and Macau.
ABACE was last hosted at SHPBAC in 2018 and will again be held at the facility from April 16 - 18 of this year. For more information about SHPBASC, please visit: www.fboshanghai.com. ABACE information is available at www.abace.aero.
About Shanghai Airport Authority
Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) is the state-owned enterprise directly under the leadership of Shanghai Municipal Government and operates both Shanghai Pudong International (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). For more information, please visit: en.shairport.com.
About Jet Aviation
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the world’s leading business aviation services companies. More than 4,800 employees cater to client needs from close to 50 facilities throughout EMEA, Asia, and the Americas. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of some 300 aircraft.
Following the acquisition of Hawker Pacific by Jet Aviation in 2018, the company formed a third region - Asia-Pacific (APAC) - to enable the company to pursue interests and ambitions in support of exceeding its clients’ expectations. With more than 20 locations, including a regional MRO hub in Singapore and regional headquarters in Sydney, some 1,100 employees across the APAC region offer maintenance, engineering, FBO, and fuel services, along with aircraft management and charter services. In addition, Jet Aviation is part of a joint venture with Shanghai Hawker Pacific in China.