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ExecuJet MRO gets heavy in Dubai
ExecuJet MRO has completed a heavy maintenance check with cabin refurbishment at its facility in Dubai. The company is now attracting more business from Middle East aircraft owners who used to go to Europe.
Work on the Global 6000 included an extensive cabin interior refurbishment, installation of a new satcom system and an airframe heavy maintenance check.
Read this story in our February 2024 printed issue.

ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East has completed work on a Global 6000 that included an extensive cabin interior refurbishment, installation of a new satcom system and an airframe heavy maintenance check.

This particular airframe maintenance check, which comes due once every 120 months, is one of the heaviest one can do on a Global 6000 as it includes a full landing gear overhaul.

"A few years ago, clients in the Middle East would send these projects, a very heavy maintenance check coupled with a major cabin refurbishment, to MRO companies in Europe, but these projects are now coming here to Dubai," says regional VP Middle East Nick Weber. "Clients recognise that we have the capacity, as well as available slots, allowing us to be flexible in meeting client needs. And we have the manpower and expertise to deliver to the highest quality. Our highly trained engineering teams enjoy a wealth of experience on the Global and Challenger family of business jets.”

This particular Global 6000 also required some airframe specific work. The aircraft's inboard flaps were subject to a service bulletin from the aircraft manufacturer, requiring upper skin removal and rib replacement. ExecuJet has performed more than 38 such flap repairs and owns the specialised tooling required to perform this service bulletin. The MRO's engineers and technicians are also experienced at sheet-metal and composite structural repairs.

The company has been in Dubai serving Challenger and Global operators from around the region for more than 20 years and it has won many MRO service excellence awards for work on these aircraft. ExecuJet is certified by the FAA, EASA and other international regulators, and these certifications include approval on Global aircraft for line and heavy maintenance up to and inclusive of the 180 month/5,000 hour/7,500 landing inspection.

"ExecuJet is performing major scheduled maintenance checks on Global aircraft on a regular basis, along with major avionics upgrades and interior refurbishments," continues Weber. "We have 20 Global B1 rated engineers and five Global rated B2 engineers on permanent staff in Dubai."

The company, which recently opened its new 165,160sq ft purpose-built MRO facility at Dubai's Al Maktoum International airport (DWC), is a Dassault owned company and an authorised service centre for several leading OEMs such as Embraer, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell and Collins Aerospace.

As for cabin refurbishment work, ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East has a longstanding relationship with European interior aircraft specialist F/List, which also has a facility in Dubai. The companies partnered on the Global 6000 interior work that included new leather upholstery for the cockpit and cabin seats, new carpet and new dado panel material. A dado panel covers the lower section of the wall of the passenger cabin.

The client also decided to make use of the downtime by having ExecuJet install Satcom Direct's new Plane Simple high-speed Ku system, which provides data speeds of up to 15 Mbps.

"A refurbished interior and new satcom system are savvy investments, and the aircraft's value will increase now," adds Weber.

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