ExecuJet Middle East, part of the Luxaviation Group, is to open a new FBO at Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) in Dubai, UAE, in the second half of this year.
“We are going with the beginning of the fourth quarter at the very latest,” Dumani Ndebele, regional FBO director, told AIN.
The facility will have a presidential suite and a spa, as well as 6,000 sq m of hangarage for aircraft parking. ExecuJet MRO, a unit of Dassault Aviation, will run two-thirds of the site, or around 16,000 sq m of hangar space, primarily for Dassault, Bombardier, and Embraer business jets. Dassault acquired ExecuJet’s MRO business in 2019.
“We will have a soft FBO opening because the hangar will be ready in June,” Ndebele added. “We will actually begin hangar operations whilst we are finishing off the interior of the FBO, and then get it started as soon as possible. The official opening will be during the [Dubai] Airshow [in November].”
Today, ExecuJet operates two FBOs in the UAE, one at Dubai International Airport (OMDB) and the other at the temporary site at OMDW that it took over in 2016 pending the opening of the new facility.
Ndebele said he expected that when the new FBO is fully operational, the 60/40 percent movements split between the ExecuJet FBOs at OMDB and OMDW would switch to 40/60 percent, given the attractiveness and convenience of the new facility.
ExecuJet offers two charter aircraft from its fleet managed in Dubai, a Global 6000 and a Lineage 1000.