EBACE 2014 (the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) took place 21-23 May in Geneva. This is the biggest gathering of our industry in Europe and some our team spent a great couple of days there meeting aircraft operators, suppliers and other industry colleagues – learning and sharing views about latest developments.
But when it comes down to it, it’s all about the aircraft. The stunning, static display at Geneva Airport is always one of the show’s biggest draws, with 55 aircraft on display this year.
Then there are the new aircraft announcements. There is always a real sense of expectation, every year at EBACE, as to which new aircraft will be unveiled. It’s where manufacturers of private jet aircraft usually reveal their new plans, to generate the maximum headlines.
This year there was a big focus on the long range jets, an aircraft category that’s growing in Europe. Both Gulfstream and Dassault announced new long range aircraft variants – aircraft which are expanding the category of the ultra long range jets – and pushing the boundaries of how far you can fly without a fuel stop.