Payoff Comes With Increase In Global Sales
As anyone who has exhibited at trade show can attest, it ain't
cheap. And doing it internationally puts an even larger burden on
trade show budgets.
But for many aviation manufacturers, it's the price
"It's millions and millions of dollars in infrastructure --
things like chalets, bringing in our demonstrator aircraft or
leasing customer airplanes that are based regionally or locally,
transporting employees and dining and entertainment," said
Bombardier Aerospace spokesman Leo Knaapen, to the Wichita Eagle.
"It's a high-cost item, but this is a high-profile business."
ANN has reported on many well-known manufacturers reaching
beyond domestic sales... including Boeing, Garmin, Lockheed Martin,
Columbia, Cirrus, Piper, Avidyne, Bell, Enstrom, and Cirrus.
Many of those manufacturers will be at least one of the three
international trade shows open within the next month:
- Dubai's Middle East Business Aviation conference January 31 -
- Hong Kong's Asian Business Aviation Conference and
Exhibition February 6-7
- AeroIndia 2007 February 7-11 in Bangalore, India.
The three regions are important to the sale of business jets and
single-engine aircraft, as the percentage of both types delivered
to international markets continues to rise.
"I think you're going to find these are all areas where the
potential for sales is great," said Cessna Aircraft spokesman Doug
At the Dubai conference, sponsors include the likes of Boeing,
Shell, Xerox, Chevron, and Air BP.
The Asian Business Aviation Conference has exhibit space going
for $3,500 to $3,900 for a 9.8’ by 9.8’ space,
depending on NBAA membership. Sponsorship ranges from $2,000 ("You
Are Here" signs) to $25,000 (tote bags), depending on what is
More than 60 percent of exhibitors at the 2005 AeroIndia
conference were foreign-owned companies. Over at Cessna, the
international market has increased from 40 percent to about 50
percent of its business, the company reports.
For Raytheon Aircraft, the percentage of international
Beechcraft and Hawker deliveries increased from 16 percent in 2004
to 29 percent in 2005. Its goal," said spokesman Mike
Turner, "is to increase the percentage of international sales
to nearly 50 percent.
International business aircraft deliveries at Bombardier jumped
to 59 percent of its business in 2006.
The Persian Gulf region has developed a lot in the past few
years, said Bombardier's Knaapen, first with a demand for large
business jets. During the past two or three years, there has been
important growth in the market for light and midsize business
"We've had good success throughout the Middle East in the last
six to nine months," Knaapen affirmed. "It's picked up very nicely
from a Learjet perspective. Part of it is the right aircraft, but a
big part of it is relationships."