Acquisition Of ExecuJet’s Global MRO Strengthens Dassault’s Aftermarket Support Capabilities For The Region.
Malaysia and the South East Asian region stands as Dassault’s important markets, hence in a move to strengthen and reinforce its aftermarket support capabilities, Dassault Aviation has acquired ExecuJet’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business at Subang Airport in recent months.
ExecuJet Malaysia is part of ExecuJet’s global MRO network, which Dassault agreed to purchase earlier this year. The network includes operations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East as well as the Asia Pacific region.
ExecuJet Malaysia is certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia and many other civil aviation authorities around the world and they are approved to work on both Malaysian and foreign registered aircraft.
Under Dassault ownership, ExecuJet MRO Services will maintain its separate identity and leadership team and continue to service aircraft of all types.
The 64,000 square feet Subang facility is also the largest business aviation MRO in Malaysia, supporting aircraft from a number of different manufacturers, based both within and outside the region. Following its acquisition by Dassault, the facility is in the process of adding Falcons to its already impressive list of support models.
ExecuJet Malaysia will provide Falcon customers a choice of service facilities and complement Dassault’s pre-existing support network in the region, including authorised third party service centres and a regional sales office in Kuala Lumpur.
According to Jean-Michel Jacob, Dassault Aviation Asia Pacific President, Malaysia is an important centre for business aviation and also Dassault’s largest Southeast Asian market. It is expected to achieve further growth in the future. In anticipating this growth, Dassault Aviation decided that it was important to have a factory-owned service centre in the region.
This announcement came just before the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition, where Dassault Aviation Group also had a strong presence displaying the company’s flagship business aircraft – the Falcon 8X. With 6,450 nm or 12,000 km range, the Falcon 8X can fly from Kuala Lumpur to London non-stop. Its combination of range, short takeoff and landing capability and low operating cost (which was inherited from the popular 7X) had been generating strong interest throughout the Asia Pacific region with 10 of the big trijets already operating in the region.
“ExecuJet has been a pillar of business aviation for nearly 30 years and has a well deserved reputation for providing high-quality MRO service,” said Dassault Aviation senior vice president worldwide service network, Geoff Chick.
“Adding Falcon capabilities to ExecuJet’s portfolio will help ensure that current and future Falcon customers—many of whom have mixed fleets—will continue to receive world-class after-sale service for many years to come.”
“At the same time, non-Falcon customers who rely on ExecuJet for their service needs will continue to have full access to ExecuJet facilities and be supported by the same team of people that served them well in the past.”
The acquisition of ExecuJet’s MRO business is part of a global commitment by Dassault Aviation to further reinforce and expand its already strong customer support network. Another recent step in this direction was the purchase of the MRO activities of TAG Aviation.