ExecuJet MRO Services has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand to maintain aircraft in the country. The Part 145 approval covers facilities in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The approval will support line and limited base maintenance. Heavier inspections can be performed at one of ExecuJet’s facilities on Australia’s East Coast – at Sydney Airport or Melbourne Essendon Airport.
The CAA of New Zealand approval has been granted to initially cover Dassault Falcon 2000EX series, Embraer Phenom 100 and Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft, but the company says it will be extended to other models as customer needs arise.
ExecuJet’s facilities in Australia and New Zealand are all authorised by Dassault Aviation. The decision to expand into New Zealand means regional Falcon operators have an in-country, authorised facility that can undertake, for example, work covered by the manufacturer warranty.
Grant Ingall, ExecuJet MRO Services’ regional vice president for Australasia, said New Zealand is a growing market for business aviation. The country is the base for a mix of small, medium and long-range business jets, with all segments holding very good potential for growth as the advantages of business aviation are being more widely recognised in that market, said Ingall.
“With the backing of the established Australian bases, ExecuJet’s entry into the New Zealand market will provide a solid platform for maintenance support across many aircraft types to help promote further growth,” he continued. “Once international air restrictions are eased, we anticipate there will be more business jets from overseas passing through New Zealand again, because the country is world-renowned as an exclusive travel destination.”
ExecuJet MRO Services is a global network of MRO facilities acquired by Dassault Aviation in 2019. It remains a multi-OEM maintenance organisation, supporting Gulfstream, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft in addition to Falcons.