Dassault Aviation is acquiring ExecuJet’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business at Subang Airport in a move that will considerably reinforce its aftermarket support capability in Southeast Asia.
ExecuJet Malaysia is part of ExecuJet’s global MRO network, which Dassault agreed to purchase earlier this year. The network includes operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East as well as the Asia Pacific region.
The 64,000-square-foot Subang facility is the largest business aviation MRO in Malaysia and supports aircraft from a number of different manufacturers, based both within and outside the region. Following its acquisition by Dassault the facility is in the process of adding Falcons to its already impressive list of supported models.
ExecuJet Malaysia will provide Falcon customers a choice of service facilities and complements Dassault’s pre-existing support network in the region, including authorised third-party service centers and a regional sales office in Kuala Lumpur.
“Malaysia is an important center for business aviation and is our largest Southeast Asian market. It is expected to achieve further growth,” said Dassault Aviation Asia Pacific President Jean-Michel Jacob. “To anticipate this growth, Dassault Aviation decided it was important to have a factory-owned service centre in the region.”
Jacob was speaking ahead of this year’s Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA). The Dassault Aviation Group will have a strong presence at LIMA, including the company’s Falcon 8X flagship aircraft on display.
The 6,450nm/12,000km range Falcon 8X can fly from Kuala Lumpur to London nonstop. Its combination of range, short takeoff and landing capability and low operating cost—inherited from the popular Falcon 7X—is generating strong interest throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Ten of the big new trijets are already operating in the region.