ExecuJet Middle East, part of the Luxaviation Group, will open a new FBO at Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) in Dubai, UAE, in the second half of this year.
"We are aiming for the beginning of the fourth quarter at the latest," Dumani Ndebele, regional FBO director, told AIN.
The facility will encompass a luxurious presidential suite and a spa, complemented by 6,000 square meters of aircraft hangarage for parking. ExecuJet MRO, a division of Dassault Aviation, will manage the majority of the space, around 16,000 square meters, dedicated to servicing Dassault, Bombardier, and Embraer business jets.
Dassault's acquisition of ExecuJet's MRO business in 2019 further underscores their involvement in the project.
"We will have a soft FBO opening because the hangar will be ready in June," Ndebele added. "We will actually start operations in the hangar while we finish the interior of the ExecuJet Dubai OMDW FBO, and then we will start operations as soon as possible. The official opening will be during the [Dubai] Airshow [in November]".
Today, ExecuJet operates two FBOs in the UAE, one at Dubai International Airport (OMDB) and the other at the temporary site at OMDW that it took over in 2016 pending the opening of the new facility.