African aviation expo launched
, May 21, 2013
A major event representing the African continent's business aviation activity will run jointly with the Marrakech Airshow, scheduled to be held in April next year.
The event will be organised from April 23 -26, 2014, by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
A formal agreement in this regard was signed at European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) by Tarek Ragheb, chairman of AfBAA and Frédéric Le Hénaff, exhibition director of the Marrakech Airshow.
The AfBAA Expo has been initiated in response to demand from AfBAA members and the African business aviation market in general which does not currently have a dedicated business aviation exhibition or conference, said Ragheb.
It is anticipated that the expo will provide a lively sales and transaction showroom for OEMs that are increasingly optimistic about aircraft sales across the African continent, he said.
The show, which will be located at Marrakech’s FRA Airport, will cover 50,000 sq m and will feature chalets for those wishing to host corporate hospitality and booths for exhibitors to display their products.
Le Hénaff added: “Whilst the commercial side of aviation has been struggling on the African continent the business aircraft market in Africa is expanding rapidly. We see African Business Aviation attracting investors and interest from across the globe which is why we’re delighted to work with AfBAA and to host AfBAA Expo in 2014. business aviation has not been our main focus for the first three editions and it will certainly add extra value for our regular visitors.” - TradeArabia News Service
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