Icons of Aviation Gala Returns to Celebrate Industry Excellence

AsBAA Icons of Aviation Gala Returns in Triumph 
Celebrating Excellence and Honoring Pioneers of Flight

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) hosted a dazzling evening of celebration and recognition at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong on 11 November 2023, marking the triumphant return of its highly-anticipated annual Icons of Aviation (IOA) awards gala. The event, which was last held in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brought together over 200 distinguished guests from the Asian business aviation industry to celebrate excellence, innovation, and the contributions of pioneers who have shaped the industry's trajectory.

Under the captivating theme of "Pioneers of Flight," the gala paid homage to the visionary individuals who dared to push boundaries and transform the world of aviation. The evening was lively and fun, with exciting Latin dances and Ska music that made it an evening to remember for everyone.




In addition to the captivating entertainment, the gala served as a platform to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals within the Asian business aviation industry. Twelve prestigious awards were presented across a range of categories, acknowledging exceptional contributions to the industry.

AsBAA takes immense pride in recognizing the exceptional talent and dedication of the award winners, whose contributions have played a pivotal role in shaping the Asian business aviation sector. The Association extends its heartfelt congratulations to the following winners this year:


Best Manufacturer 
Bombardier Inc.


Best Management Company / Operator  
Metrojet Limited
Best Business Service Provider
Jet Support Services Inc. Asia Pacific (JSSI)


Best Operational Support Services
Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc


Best Ground Handling Agent / FBO
Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre Limited


Best MRO Provider
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China Co., Ltd


Best Charter Brokerage
TAG Aviation Asia Limited


Best Aircraft Sales Broker
Jetcraft Asia


Best AOC Charter Operator
Phenix Jet Hong Kong Ltd


Best Media
Asian Sky Group


Trailblazer of the Year
Hiroshi Higashiyama
Paul Desgrosseilliers


The successful return of the IOA gala marks a significant milestone for AsBAA, reaffirming its commitment to fostering a thriving business aviation ecosystem in Asia. The Association is immensely proud to have brought back this long-awaited event and looks forward to an even grander and more impactful IOA gala in 2024.

"The Icons of Aviation gala is a testament to the resilience and innovation of the Asian business aviation industry," remarked Anthony Lam, Director of AsBAA. "We are incredibly proud to have hosted this event, which provided a platform to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our members, community, and the industry. The success of IOA is made possible by support from our Board of Directors, Board of Governors, generous sponsors, and valued members."







Of course, AsBAA would also like to extend its deepest gratitude to its Diamond sponsors BombardierUAS, and VistaJet, as well as Platinum sponsors JetcraftMetrojet, and TAG Aviation, for their unwavering support of the IOA gala and their commitment to the advancement of business aviation in Asia. The Association also expresses its heartfelt appreciation to Grand Cru Wines for contributing to the success of the event.

See you all at the AsBAA IOA 2024!




AsBAA IOA 2023 photos


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