ExecuJet MRO Services, through an agreement with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, will build its own 144,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at Subang Airport, replacing the 64,000 sq ft of leased facilities from which it currently operates. The new facility will encompass 125,000 sq ft of hangar space and about 19,000 sq ft of office and shop space.
More importantly, the new building will give ExecuJet “full operational control” of its Malaysian site. “These facilities we’ve been operating out of have limitations," Ivan Lim, ExecuJet v-p of MRO services in Asia, told AIN. "They’ve not been built to purpose. They are built actually to hangar aircraft, not 100 percent to cater for MRO operations.” Lim added that ExecuJet also has the right of first refusal on land at the airport for future expansion.
The new facility, which is expected to be completed in 2023, will accommodate a mix of up to 10 to 12 midsize to large-cabin, long-range jets. “It’s an ideal size for us,” Lim said. Plans for ExecuJet MRO Services' own facility have been in the works for a couple of years, he added, but were put on hold with the emergence of Covid-19.
The Malaysian site currently employs a staff of 70. That number is expected to reach 80 once the new facility is ready to occupy, Lim said. A Dassault Aviation subsidiary since 2019, ExecuJet’s Malaysia facility is authorized to perform maintenance on Falcon jets as well as Bombardier and Gulfstream aircraft.
Certifying authorities of the Malaysia facility include the FAA, EASA, Civil Aviation Administration of China, Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia. The site is also pursuing certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, Lim said.