Business aviation services provider ExecuJet is to relocate its entire Dubai maintenance, repair and overhaul and fixed based operation to a single new facility at Dubai South’s Al Maktoum International airport (DWC).
The company currently manages two facilities in the emirate – one at Dubai International, and a temporary site at DWC – both providing FBO and MRO services.
Construction of the new base is scheduled to start in early 2018, with an estimated completion date set for the end of 2019 – in time for the start of Dubai Expo 2020, says the Luxaviation-owned company.
The new 25,700m² (277,000ft²) facility will be ExecuJet’s regional headquarters for the Middle East. As well as housing FBO and MRO services, it will feature 13,800m² of on-site hangar floor space, along with associated ExecuJet support services offices.
The FBO and MRO line team, currently in place at DWC, will continue to provide maintenance support 12h a day, seven days a week; further supported by a 24h aircraft on ground hotline.
Mike Berry, executive vice-president, aviation services for the Luxaviation Group, describes the Middle East as “a key region” for the company, accounting for roughly 20% of the Luxaviation’s business. “It is therefore essential that our facilities reflect this demand,” he says.
ExecuJet began operations in Dubai in 1999 and opened a shared, single lounge FBO facility in 2007 with a team of four. “We have come an exceptionally long way in that time and our proposed expansion reflects the ambitious nature of everybody associated with the business,” says Berry.