In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has cancelled all its in-person events through to 30 June 2021. The association added it will look at options for virtual programming instead.
The newly cancelled events are the 2021 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which was scheduled for 13-15 April in Shanghai, China; the 2021 NBAA Maintenance Conference, planned for 11-13 May; and the 2021 NBAA White Plains Regional Forum, scheduled for 9 June.
The announcement comes on the heels of the recent cancellation of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), which is to be replaced with virtual programming. That event was originally planned to be held on 18-20 May in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We are disappointed that we will be unable to offer a robust slate of in-person events in the first half of 2021,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO at NBAA. “That said, the safety and security of our event participants has always been a core value for the association, and that is central to our decision. As we did in 2020, we are exploring opportunities to gather the business aviation community through various online initiatives, and we will provide details as soon as they are available.”
Dates were given for the 2022 editions of some of the events: ABACE 2022 is scheduled for 12-14 April 2022, and the 2022 NBAA Maintenance Conference is scheduled for 3-5 May 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.
“We will keep members and partners apprised with regard to how this challenging and evolving situation impacts our industry,” said Bolen.