Spirits were high yesterday as South African-owned ExecuJet yesterday unveiled its gleaming new building, the long awaited 2,230m2 (24,000ft2) $8 million maintenance centre, FBO and spare parts depot for Bombardier.

Bombardier service centre

Mike Berry, managing director of Execujet Middle East, said: “I’m breathing a sigh of relief today as I have been intimately involved with this project since 2003. It’s taken a long while, but we were determined to get it right.”
Dave Orcutt, vice-president customer support, Bombardier, said: “I feel excited and exhilarated today. This centre represents another milestone in our global objectives. There are a lot of opportunities in this region.”
Other staff were equally enthusiastic and looking forward to working all together in the new facility. Previously other departments had been housed in a building across town, while the maintenance team worked at the airport.
The new centre will offer aircraft maintenance services and hangar facilities capable of accommodating up to six business aircraft including two Global Express XRS, two Challenger 604, and two Learjets.
Staffed by 50 full-time engineers, technicians, crew and support staff, the centre offers 24h AOG maintenance and parts support. The adjacent 260m2 service parts depot will house more than 860 high-demand parts for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft and will be open 24/7, 365 days per year.
The first aircraft are scheduled to arrive in two weeks and inventory will begin arriving next month. The depot is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2006.

Source: Flight Daily News