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2006 Apr  
The sixth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is set to be the biggest yet (May 3-5).

The show, staged once again in Geneva, officially sold out in early March and will feature 260 exhibitors occupying 1,183 booth spaces. They are expected to be visited by more than 9,000 trade attendees– approaching 20 percent more than the 7,667 welcomed for the event last year. Last year there were 278 exhibitors who occupied only two-thirds of the total booth space booked for this year’s show.

This growth has led the organizers–NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)–to relocate from Hall 7 of the Swiss city’s Palais d’Expositions convention center to the larger Hall 6. The only drawback is that Hall 7 was directly linked to the EBACE static display area on the ramp of the adjoining Geneva International Airport, and visitors will now need to make a short bus ride to view the more than 50 aircraft on show there.

By comparison, last November’s NBAA show drew 28,796 attendees and a record 1,142 exhibitors. But the EBACE show has certainly achieved prolific growth since it was launched in 2001, and is now clearly accepted as a must-attend event.

The world’s leading business aircraft manufacturers will have a high profile at EBACE 2006. Like the NBAA Convention, the event is now also drawing the new generation of very light jet builders (VLJ).


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