AVALON: ExecuJet Aviation expands presence in Australia and New Zealand

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ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding its fixed base operations and maintenance activities in Australia and New Zealand amid encouraging signs of growth in the local business aviation market.

The company has launched its first project in New Zealand, with construction starting on a new hangar at Wellington airport for FBO, aircraft storage and light maintenance.

Completion is due in time for the rugby world cup in the country in September, says Darren McGoldrick, managing director ExecuJet Australasia. ExecuJet will offer FBO services in conjunction with Capital Jet Services of Wellington, as well as maintenance, aircraft management and charter services. ExecuJet operates a Gulfstream G550 in New Zealand.

In addition, the company has started work on the expansion of its Melbourne Essendon maintenance premises, which will add a further 755m² (8,130ft²) for a FBO with integrated lounge area, offices, stores and maintenance workshops. The work is due for completion in August.

Plans to expand its FBO, charter and maintenance network to Perth in Western Australia were held back by the global financial crisis, concedes McGoldrick, but that option is being re-examined.