ExecuJet MRO Services celebrates its 30th anniversary

ExecuJet MRO Services celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, marking a milestone for the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company.

ExecuJet started in 1991 in South Africa at Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport, where it is still headquartered today.

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Since its inception, ExecuJet has experienced continuous growth. It has established maintenance companies all over the world and has grown into one of the best known and respected brands in business aviation.

In addition to South Africa, the company has maintenance bases in Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, it has a franchisee in China that operates under the ExecuJet MRO Services brand.

Since 2019, the company has been owned by Dassault Aviation, which has invested in the expansion of ExecuJet. ExecuJet has enabled Dassault Aviation to offer factory service in new areas, particularly the Asia / Pacific and Middle East regions.

ExecuJet MRO Services President and Founder Graeme Duckworth has been with the company from “day one” and has seen it expand beyond South Africa to become a leading global player.

“The company’s strategy has always been to enter developing and underserved markets and build a world-class MRO business,” said Duckworth, adding that OEMs have been supportive and integral. of the success of ExecuJet.

OEMs need world-class MRO companies to support their aircraft, as potential buyers want to know that their aircraft will be well maintained by local facilities. As it has expanded internationally, ExecuJet has played a vital role in facilitating the introduction of new types of aircraft in emerging markets.

Duckworth says that another reason ExecuJet has been able to build a strong global network of MRO companies is because it has a strong corporate culture.

“We took trusted and proven talents, which were developed in-house, and provided them with opportunities to further develop their careers. This is how we have developed a strong corporate culture and a cohesive international network providing our business aircraft customers with consistently high levels of service, ”said Duckworth. He says the company’s values ​​include, among others, integrity, honesty and customer service.

Installation of Lanseria in South Africa 1998

After South Africa, ExecuJet expanded into the Middle East, where Regional Vice President Nick Weber helped establish the operation 20 years ago and continues to lead the company. Weber says that when ExecuJet entered the Middle East, the business aviation market there was underdeveloped. He says that ExecuJet has worked hard to develop the market, which today is a dynamic region for business aviation.

ExecuJet then expanded to Australia and Malaysia, followed by China, then Belgium.

Specialized in airframe, avionics and engine maintenance, ExecuJet MRO Services engineers are factory trained and certified on a wide range of aircraft including: Dassault, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker and various others .

Duckworth said: “It’s really important to develop an MRO network and not be limited to just one country if you want to be successful right now. ExecuJet has established maintenance facilities and operations in various locations to effectively meet customer needs, providing fast and reliable maintenance services.

Such a reputation for network and customer experience was recognized by Dassault when ExecuJet MRO Services joined the Dassault Group in 2019. It has continued to maintain its own brand identity and remains an organization retaining aircraft types from various builders. “We have created a strong international brand through our global presence, our attention to service and the accumulation of good customer reviews over the years,” said Duckworth.

Going forward, Duckworth says that ExecuJet continues to grow, with Malaysia and Dubai being the main areas of growth. This is a fundamental part of Dassault’s strategy to ensure that there is always the right level of capacity and capability for customers wherever they need it, and it supports well the company’s growth plans. ‘ExecuJet. “We are planning to build a new specially designed MRO facility in Malaysia and we are developing another MRO facility in Dubai which is expected to open in the first half of next year. Despite fierce competition, we have a very loyal, growing customer base for which we are eternally grateful, ”said Duckworth.

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