By Staff Correspondent
In the wake of the global health crisis that dented the commercial aviation industry, the private and business aviation segment stands out as a beacon of resilience. At the forefront of this bullish trajectory is ExecuJet MRO Services, a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, expanding its presence in Dubai with designs on the burgeoning Indian market.
The global business aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) giant has witnessed a pronounced uptick in private and business aircraft usage throughout the pandemic. With an operating history since 1991, spanning regions from South Africa and Belgium to Malaysia and Australia, ExecuJet MRO has adroitly navigated supply chain impediments and parts shortages to ensure service delivery.
Graeme Duckworth, the firm’s President, underscores India’s rapid ascendancy as Asia’s second-largest business aviation market, with projections ranging between 5% and 10% YoY growth. “Our engagement with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has been nothing short of constructive. Our adherence to the rigorous regulatory framework has expedited the inclusion of our Falcon aircraft in the Indian approval dossier,” states Duckworth.
In a further show of confidence in the sector’s potential, Dassault, the parent entity, has rolled out the Falcon 6X and Falcon 10X aircraft.
Duckworth delineates the Middle East, in conjunction with Malaysia, as essential growth epicentres for ExecuJet MRO. In tandem with geographical expansion, there is a strategy to intensify support for Falcon and Gulfstream aircraft models, with an emphasis on immediate, on-site technical support.
However, as the landscape shifts towards post-pandemic recovery, talent acquisition poses a formidable challenge. Addressing this, ExecuJet MRO is harnessing apprenticeship programs and mulling the centralisation of distinct services for optimised efficiency.
Drawing the broader picture, it is evident that as the winds of the business aviation sector shift, ExecuJet MRO is primed to solidify its status in the global MRO echelon.