Exploring the future at EBACE 2019
The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) is an annual business aviation event held at Geneva’s Palexpo that brings together over 13,000 attendees from Europe and around the world to meet and network with key industry players over the course of three days.
This year’s event was another monumental success, with more than 400 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, plus over 50 aircraft on the static display and a staggering choice of 520 different ‘education sessions’, exploring topics that ranged from safety to sustainability. And of course connectivity was a big feature too.
Before the doors opened
In the run up to event, there was much excitement with EBACE ready to open for business and discuss the future.
With nearly 400 exhibitors, more than 50 aircraft – both inside at Palexpo and outside at Geneva Airport – and more than a dozen education sessions on the hottest topics in business aviation, #EBACE19 is ready to open for business! pic.twitter.com/bQCda0fk4T— EBACE (@ebace) May 20, 2019
Here, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Secretary General Athar Khan talk about the future of business aviation:
Video: #EBACE19 will look toward the future of the industry on many front. Hear what @NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and @EBAAorg Secretary General @Athar_H_Khan have to say about the future of #bizav. pic.twitter.com/nRnAqOExQE— EBACE (@ebace) May 20, 2019
Tuesday, 21st May
On Tuesday, the event was opened with an official cutting of the ribbon:
What followed was a welcome speech by Ed Bolan, NBAA President and CEO, who welcomed EBACE 2019 attendees and reiterated the importance of continuing to move forward in a sustainable way. “We want to highlight business aviation innovation and investment this week at EBACE,” he said.
Ed Bolen, @NBAA President and CEO, welcomes #EBACE19 attendees and reiterated the importance of telling the story of #bizav and continuing to move forward in a #sustainable manner. pic.twitter.com/Lt9RSnw7JN— EBACE (@ebace) May 21, 2019
Keynote speaker Rt Hon Grant Shapps from the U.K. Parliament went on to explore how we can make sure this industry thrives. “Business aviation has a good story to tell about how it helps communities and companies,” he stated. “But we need to keep showing why business aviation is essential and we need to “clean up our act” in terms of environmental impact. I think, if we are going to keep support of public, we need to ensure we are providing jobs and growth and do it all in a sustainable manner.”
As the future was considered, The Royal Aeronautical Society asked what skills might needed by the business aviation industry in the future:
Aviation Week also looked into the how booming airline traffic is squeezing business aviation at crowded airports throughout Europe releasing this article:
And there were some exciting announcements and things to see. Honeywell announced they were launching the first-ever “pay as you go” plan for Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service, with no monthly data-use commitment and no restrictions:
High quality in-flight Wi-Fi with down-to-earth costs. This is what you get with our pay-as-you-go plan that takes wing now for a limited time. Read more » https://t.co/L5e9i0oDV2 #EBACE19 pic.twitter.com/P5vXiO5IJI— Honeywell Aerospace (@Honeywell_Aero) May 21, 2019
And Collins Aerospace released a new seat to increase cabin room and comfort for business aviation passengers.
📣 NEWS from #EBACE19: We have launched our next-generation Evolution™ seat which increases cabin room, comfort for business aviation passengers. #BizAv https://t.co/4x1HXMEXTM pic.twitter.com/ILpug2kDEh— Collins Aerospace (@CollinsAero) May 21, 2019
Airbus and Lufthansa Technik introduced their new sleek ‘Skyretreat’ interior concept:
And there was an actual jet engine on display:
The Inmarsat team was there to provide the latest updates on its Jet ConneX solution.
#EBACE19 has officially started and we are here in Geneva, waiting to chat to you about #JetConneX, our leading inflight connectivity solution for the business aviation market. Visit the Inmarsat team at stand W107 in hall 6. https://t.co/1rH4W4zx9p pic.twitter.com/an0sDn5BDl— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) May 21, 2019
All in all, it was a great first day at EBACE full of activity.
Wednesday, 22nd May
The second day of EBACE was full of sunshine, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the static display:
EBACE TV suggested the future of aviation was on display:
Inmarsat was excited to announce the release of a new JX-Pro package for Jet ConneX, with unlimited data usage and 33% higher speeds compared to the inflight broadband service’s previous fastest plan:
JX-Pro is our unprecedented new #JetConneX service package, offering business aviation customers unlimited data usage and 33% higher inflight broadband speeds than our previous top-end package! #bizav #EBACE19https://t.co/sJTMa3inim pic.twitter.com/JtrcZtGoMq— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) May 22, 2019
And once again, the Inmarsat team were there to meet and greet:
What a great start to #EBACE19 in Geneva yesterday. If you’re in town, do pop along and meet the team as we would love to tell you about #JetConneX, our leading inflight connectivity solution for business aviation. Find us at stand W107 in hall 6. https://t.co/1rH4W4zx9p pic.twitter.com/xmh9aHqg2e— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) May 22, 2019
Honeywell announced bringing @MNGJET connectivity by installing their JetWave system:
We’re delighted to announce that @MNGJET will proceed with their first installation of our JetWave system on board a Challenger 605 aircraft. The deal signed today at #EBACE19 will bring unprecedented levels of connectivity and deliver a competitive advantage for MNG customers. pic.twitter.com/AvsAVgGskb— Honeywell Aerospace (@Honeywell_Aero) May 22, 2019
We’re delighted to announce that MNG Jet will proceed with their first installation of our JetWave system on board a Challenger 605 aircraft. The deal signed today at #EBACE will bring unprecedented levels of connectivity and deliver a competitive advantage for MNG Jet customers. pic.twitter.com/zfvtLuOnAp— MNGJET (@MNGJET) May 22, 2019
There was a big queue to view Bombardier’s Global 7500 jet purpose built for business aviation when they opened it for viewing:
It's worth the wait! The #Global7500 aircraft is open for viewing for the first time at #EBACE19. Come and experience the largest purpose-built business jet in the industry. pic.twitter.com/oiaGpoTBqN— Bombardier Jets (@bombardierjets) May 22, 2019
Thursday, 23rd May
The last day involved a big focus on attracting and retaining the next generation of talent:
And EBACE summed up nicely how the focus on attracting a diverse workforce to the industry is working with people from 81 countries attending the show:
Every year, the #bizav workforce is becoming more diverse, and that diversity is immediately apparent walking the exhibit floor at #EBACE19. People from 81 countries came to the show, representing dozens of languages and backgrounds. https://t.co/YYuiEHuR16 pic.twitter.com/mKYAJKZrR7— EBACE (@ebace) May 23, 2019
Inmarsat ended the show on a high by celebrating over 500 installations of its popular Jet ConneX inflight broadband solution:
Thanks to the organisers for a very successful #EBACE19, we’re glad to have been part of it. Didn’t get a chance to talk to us about our industry leading inflight broadband solution for business aviation? Check out this article about #JetConneX: https://t.co/JefipwoXod pic.twitter.com/l8Lk5YmUvu— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) May 23, 2019
Looking for more highlights from the event? EBACE organisers have also posted a range of photos, videos and articles from the event:
See you again next year!