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ExecuJet MRO Services celebrates 30th anniversary

Posted 28 September 2021 · Add Comment

ExecuJet MRO Services is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

 

ExecuJet started in 1991 in South Africa at Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport, where it is still headquartered today.  Image:  ExecuJet MRO Services

 

Since its inception, ExecuJet has seen continuous growth. It has established maintenance businesses around the world and became one of the most well-known and respected brands in business aviation.

 

Besides South Africa, the company has maintenance bases in Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, it has a franchisee in China that operates under the ExecuJet MRO Services brand.

 

Since 2019, the company has been owned by Dassault Aviation, which has invested in ExecuJet’s expansion. ExecuJet has allowed Dassault Aviation to offer factory service in new areas, including the Asia/Pacific and Middle East regions.

 

ExecuJet MRO Services President and Founder, Graeme Duckworth, has been with the company since ‘day one’ and seen it expand beyond South Africa to be a leading global player. “The company’s strategy has always been to go into developing, under-served markets and create a world-class MRO business,” says Duckworth, adding that OEMs have been supportive and integral to ExecuJet’s success.

 

OEMs need world-class MRO companies supporting their aircraft, because potential buyers want to know that their aircraft will be well maintained by local facilities. As ExecuJet expanded internationally, it has played an integral role in facilitating the introduction of new aircraft types into emerging markets.

 

Duckworth says another reason ExecuJet was able to create a strong global network of MRO companies, is because it has a strong company culture.

 

“We have taken trusted and proven talent, who were developed internally, and provided them with opportunities to further develop their careers. This is how we developed a strong company culture and a cohesive international network providing our business aircraft customers with consistently high levels of service,” said Duckworth. He says the company values include, amongst others, integrity, honesty and customer service.

 

After South Africa, ExecuJet expanded into the Middle East, where Regional VP Nick Weber helped establish the operation 20 years ago and continues to head the business. Weber says when ExecuJet entered the Middle East, the business aviation market there was under-developed. He says ExecuJet worked hard to develop the market, which today is a vibrant region for business aviation.

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