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ICAO President to Keynote ABACE2013

Scheduled to take place April 16 to 18, 2013 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, ABACE is the region's largest show dedicated strictly to showcasing business aviation products and services to thousands of the region's top business leaders, entrepreneurs and other purchase decision-makers.

“China and the broader Asian region are playing an ever-increasing role in the global aviation community, so it is fitting that the president of the world’s aviation oversight body will speak at the Opening General Session for ABACE,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We thank President Kobeh for joining us in Shanghai and look forward to the perspectives and insights he’ll provide to open the show.”

In a letter accepting Bolen’s invitation to serve as an ABACE keynote speaker, Kobeh noted his participation there “will provide me with an excellent opportunity to meet with government officials and industry leaders to discuss the future of business aviation in the Asia and Pacific region, now the largest in the world in terms of passenger and freight traffic.”

An engineer, former head of air navigation services in Mexico and former representative of Mexico on the Council of ICAO, Kobeh has served as president of the council since August 2006. In addition to being the keynote speaker at the conference, Kobeh will also tour the ABACE show floor in the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre and the show’s Static Display of Aircraft on the airport.

Kobeh has previously appeared before the business aviation community at NBAA-hosted events. In 2008, he served as a speaker at the Opening General Session for the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention in the U.S. His address focused on several key issues facing the business aviation community including safety, security, airspace management and environmental concerns. 

In partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority, ABACE2013 will be presented by NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association and the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

The event will feature more than 200 exhibits showcasing business aircraft, as well as aviation financiers, service providers, legal specialists and more. The Static Display of Aircraft will feature more than 30 aircraft available for side-by-side comparison. Educational sessions to be held throughout ABACE2013 will provide information on financing, purchasing, operating, and maintaining a business aircraft.
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