Double delivery at ExecuJet UK
ExecuJet is expanding its fleet in the UK through the addition of a Bombardier Global Express XRS and the first G-registered Dassault Falcon 8X. The Global Express XRS is based at London Luton (LTN) and immediately available for charter, while the Falcon 8X will be operated commercially by a customer.
According to a company statement, ExecuJet Europe’s total fleet now stands at 48 aircraft, made up of 15 Dassault Falcon and eight Bombardier Global Express units. From the UK, ExecuJet currently manages a total of 18 commercial and private aircraft.
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“We are always seeking to add to our fleet and are delighted with these latest additions,” comments ExecuJet Europe VP Niclas von Planta. “We are particularly proud to be managing the UK’s only G-registered Falcon 8X, which our completions team delivered to an exceptionally high standard. Nearly one third of ExecuJet’s global fleet of 165 business jets is managed by ExecuJet Europe, so we are more than prepared for further additions and look forward to welcoming new aircraft to the Luxaviation Group’s global fleet.”
“The Falcon 8X was built at Dassault’s manufacturing facility in France and was transferred, unpainted and without an interior, to the US for interior completion,” adds ExecuJet Key Account Manager Kevin Fincham. “Our completions process involved visiting the US every month. The client wanted the paint scheme to match the existing [Falcon] 7X they had used for the past five years. We used multiple high-resolution photographs of the client’s 7X, supported by projectors and lasers to display the stripe layout on the aircraft enabling us to perfectly match the two aircraft.”
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In related news, the company is celebrating the start of a successful year in Africa, with significant increases in activity during Q1-2017 at its South African and Nigerian FBOs.
ExecuJet’s FBOs in Johannesburg, South Africa, located at Lanseria International (HLA); and in Cape Town, based at Cape Town International (CPT); in addition to that in Lagos, Nigeria based at Murtala Muhammed (LOS); experienced 31%, 19% and 13% growth, respectively – “A great start to the year,” says ExecuJet VP Africa Graeme Duckworth. “We are optimistic that we will see even further increases this time next year and that there will be a positive economic shift allowing business in our sector to progress,” he adds. “Aviation is a fantastic tool for economic growth, as it generates business and brings people together. Business aviation plays an important role in stimulating the economy because people still prefer to do business face to face and, in many parts of Africa, air travel is the only method of commuting safely.”