ExecuJet Opens New Bases in Europe and Asia

 - April 2, 2008, 9:57 AM

In July ExecuJet Aviation will open a new base for its charter and management clients at London City Airport. It is also preparing to establish a new UK sales and operations subsidiary in the nearby Canary Wharf financial center under the leadership of the firm’s newly appointed executive director for group sales, Andrew Hoy, who was formerly with Bombardier’s Skyjet block charter program.

The first aircraft to be operated from London City under the new British AOC of its ExecuJet (UK) subsidiary will be a Dassault Falcon 900 owned by the group’s majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond. According to Execu- Jet managing director Gerrit Basson, more managed aircraft are due to be added to the AOC before the end of this month. ExecuJet may subsequently establish satellite bases at other UK airports in response to demand for the new Simply Fly lease program. The new British division of ExecuJet will have 20 employees by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, ExecuJet has also just established its first FBO in Asia. In February it acquired a 30,000-sq-ft hangar at Singapore’s Seletar Airport and will use the facility initially to provide maintenance support for five of its fleet, including a pair of Gulfstream Vs, two GIVs and a Bombardier Challenger 604. The company is also looking to provide line maintenance for other aircraft.

The Seletar hangar can accommodate up to six large-cabin business jets. ExecuJet is considering expansion at the site that would be possible by relocating to a new aviation business park now being developed at the former military airfield.

Seletar is located about 12 miles from Singapore’s city center. It has no operating curfew but immigration and customs controls are currently available only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. The airport has a 5,354-foot runway and ample ramp area for parking aircraft.