• ExecuJet's base at Wellington Airport. (ExecuJet)
    ExecuJet's base at Wellington Airport. (ExecuJet)

Australian maintenance company ExecuJet has expanded operations into New Zealand with the NZ CAA issuing Part 145 approvals for bases at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The approval covers line and limited base maintenance for Falcon 2000EX series, Phenom 100 and Challenger 604 aircraft, with heavy maintenance being carried out at ExecuJet's Sydney and Essendon bases.

The Dassault-owned MRO said yesterday that other aircraft would be added to the NZ approval as demand dictated.

Grant Ingall, Regional VP Australasia at ExecuJet MRO Services, says New Zealand is a growing market for business aviation.

"New Zealand based business jets are 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,

“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.

“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 is a global network of MRO facilities owned by French manufacturer Dassault Aviation. ExecuJet also supports other OEM aircraft such as Gulfstream, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft as well as Dassault's own Falcon range.

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