30 MAY 2022


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Article from BTNews 30 MAY 2022

EBACE at Geneva

Champion's League, Monaco Grand Prix, World Economic Forum, all last week. 

What did they have in common? Executive jets for travel with the key European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). Alison Chambers was at Geneva keeping up with the news and will report in full ON TOUR next week.

At the opening session, Geneva Airport CEO Dr Andre Schneider highlighted traffic is back to 80% of 2019 movements already and by peak summer will be back 90% with 100% activity at the weekends.  He assured European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) that the airport will continue to do its utmost to support business aviation as slot pressure mounts.  There were a few regulatory hoops to jump over, he acknowledged, but he was pleased to announce that departing jets were able to fill up with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), secured by Jet Aviation. 

A number of the business jet debutantes flew in from the US on SAF including the Textron Super Light Citation XLS N2 which I was lucky to fly in (
See in this week's BTN AND FINALLY: Geneva (near) disaster!).  While the show was short on order announcements, there was a big focus on the next generation of travel, sustainability, urban mobility, technology – evident in the halls, on the static and in the superb conference discussions.

Highlight of the show? – just being there! everyone agreed. 

One of the star attractions was the Liberty Flying Car from PAL-V International of the Netherlands seen in London recently at Salon Privé.  It has been designed for three hours of flying and 100 miles driving, with rotors that fold into the roof when used as a car.  Could be rather useful in the future – for business aviation and the airline industry looking for a speedy way to deliver crew to its airliners.   PAL-V has also just selected a UK base – at Oxford Airport.


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