By Sade Williams
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has teamed up with EAN Aviation, organisers of the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference (NBAC) to merge the two respected meetings into one powerful event.
In a value-add for delegates, the two meetings will come together to spearhead discussions about the value of creative business thinking, and how it can stimulate new ideas to help navigate the increasingly challenging world of business aviation in the region.
The organisers have designed the programme with the aim of providing a set of pragmatic tools that will support the region’s stakeholders’ future planning and development.
Networking will also from a significant part of the meeting and organisers have introduced a “Meet the Operators” session that will enable suppliers and operators to effectively network in a dedicated environment.
“We see operators as a lynchpin for the industry and want to facilitate meetings that will be genuinely useful for both parties,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA.
The programme will include discussions about human resources and training; the benefits of purchasing pre-owned as opposed to new aircraft; and look at how to plan for ongoing success. Presentations will explore the perception of West African business aviation and a case study will look at how the closure of Abuja airport, Nigeria’s legislative capital may have affected the sector.
Also speaking, Segun Demuren, CEO of co-host EAN Aviation said: We’ve create a dynamic programme with some fascinating new themes for delegates to debate. We are sure we can provide several tangible take-aways that will contribute to business longevity,”
In another first, the event will be Chaired by African aviation industry veteran Nick Fadugba who, for more than thirty years, has been supporting aviation development on the continent through his company African Aviation Services.
Sponsors are already confirming their interest with leading names Bombardier, Gulfstream and RUAG all confirming their participation.
The AfBAA Regional Symposium West Africa/NBAC 2017 event will take place at The Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos on 23 and 24 March. For more information please visit www.afbaa.org or www.nbac.com.ng
The African Business Aviation Association was launched in May 2012 to represent the interests of Africa’s aircraft owners, operators, and suppliers to the Business Aviation community in a single voice. AfBAA has over 115 members.
AfBAA’s primary objective is to promote the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the Continent’s economic development and prosperity through advocacy.
EAN Aviation is a fully integrated FBO and maintenance facility operating out of Murtala Mohammed airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
It offers maintenance, ground support, inflight services, aircraft charter and broking services.