23 MAY 2011


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Article from BTNews 23 MAY 2011

EBACE a great success at Geneva

European (and Middle East) executive aviation types met at Geneva last week for the 11th annual EBACE show.  Housed at the impressive Palexpo complex adjoining the terminal, visitors could also walk straight onto the apron where display aircraft competed for visits from prospective buyers, operators and users.  

This year's event smashed the 2008 record with 12,673 visitors over the three days, more than 500 exhibitors and 62 shiny aircraft out on the static display.  As business aviation in Europe starts to lift again highlights of the show included Dassault's announcement of a new mid-size cabin Falcon S2000; Piaggio moving closer to its first light jet, dubbed the P1XX and a return to nine-digit orders – from European operators VistaJet and Comlux.  In the halls there were strong showings from Malta – where some 100 business jets are now registered; Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, which used the occasion to announce its new DhabiJet FBO brand and Eurocopter, which presented a luxury Mercedes-Benz EC145 designed helicopter. Alison Chambers and Jane Stanbury of Emerald Media will report next week. www.ebace.aero

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