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.

Here, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Secretary General Athar Khan talk about the future of business aviation:

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.

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: 

And Collins Aerospace released a new seat to increase cabin room and comfort for business aviation passengers.

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.

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: 

And once again, the Inmarsat team were there to meet and greet: 

Honeywell announced bringing @MNGJET connectivity by installing their JetWave system:

There was a big queue to view Bombardier’s Global 7500 jet purpose built for business aviation when they opened it for viewing: 

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: 

Inmarsat ended the show on a high by celebrating over 500 installations of its popular Jet ConneX inflight broadband solution:

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!