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ExecuJet opens Malaysia's largest business aviation MRO facility
ExecuJet MRO Malaysia is expanding support for operators of multiple aircraft brands across the region. The Subang facility is key to that strategy.
Jean Kayanakis, SVP worldwide Falcon Customer Service & Service Centre Network, Dassault aviation; Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport Malaysia; Graeme Duckworth, president, ExecuJet MRO Services; and Ivan Lim, regional VP Asia, ExecuJet MRO Services unveiling the plaque at the grand opening.

ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, has opened its purpose-built MRO facility at Subang airport. At 149,500sq ft, the facility is the largest business aviation MRO centre in Malaysia, and more than twice the size of its previous operation. It serves business jet operators from across Asia.

Guests of honour at the grand opening ceremony included Minister of Transport for Malaysia Anthony Loke along with Jean Kayanakis, senior vice president, worldwide Falcon Customer Service & Service Centre Network at Dassault Aviation and ExecuJet MRO Services Group president Graeme Duckworth.

"The opening marks a pivotal moment for ExecuJet MRO Services' presence in the region," says Duckworth. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Malaysian Government, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Dassault Aviation for their unwavering support for this expansion project. Without their assistance, we wouldn't be here.

"We are expanding support for operators of multiple aircraft brands across the region. The Subang facility is key to that strategy."

ExecuJet MRO Services Group started in South Africa in 1991 and then expanded internationally. Besides Malaysia and South Africa, it also has MRO facilities in Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Belgium as well as a franchise in China.

ExecuJet MRO Services invests heavily in training its personnel to be internationally certified so that it is approved to perform line and heavy maintenance on aircraft registered with regional civil aviation authorities together with FAA and EASA, whether on Falcons, Bombardier or Gulfstream aircraft. There is training space at Subang to further these authorisations and grow the workforce. Execujet MRO Services' regional VP Asia Ivan Lim says the company expects to grow the Subang workforce from 84 to 100 by year end and to continue growing over the next five years.

Kayanakis adds: "ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia is playing a major role in Falcon support in the Asian region and helps Dassault Aviation offer a uniformly high level of Falcon service worldwide."

Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim bin Sikh Abdul Majid, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, celebrated the inauguration of the facility with high praise: "The comprehensive MRO solutions provided by ExecuJet MRO Services will greatly enhance Malaysia's stature as an ideal location for aerospace companies aiming to expand in this region. We are excited to witness the positive influence this facility will have on our aerospace ecosystem and remain committed to supporting ExecuJet in their expansion journey. It is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with."

A spokesperson from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad adds: "The ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia facility is among several development projects under the Subang Airport Regeneration Plan and represents a pivotal step forward in advancing the business aviation sector. Anchored on three key segments - aerospace, business aviation and city airport - one of the aims of the plan is to transform Subang airport into a regional hub for business aviation."

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The 149,500-sq ft MRO centre, the largest business aviation maintenance facility at Subang Airport, also includes workshops, storage space, offices for staff and customers, training rooms as well as rest areas.