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ExecuJet fires up presence in Asia
Caroline Boey, Singapore, February 21, 2014

EXECUJET Aviation Group is expanding its footprint in Asia to meet the growing appetite for travel on business jets in the region.


Zurich-headquartered ExecutJet currently has bases in Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, offering fixed-based operations, aircraft maintenance and charter operations.


It made its maiden showing at the Singapore Airshow last week, where it announced that it will open a Singapore office.


Graeme Duckworth, managing director of ExecuJet Asia, said: "The Chinese are still looking for natural resources and doing business around the world. In Malaysia, we are seeing demand for travel to Russia, South America and Africa.


"ExecuJet currently manages aircraft that are based in Singapore and Malaysia, but in order to grow the business we are intending to invest in resources on the ground by establishing a Singapore office and hiring an aircraft management director."


ExecuJet Australasia is also boosting the company’s charter fleet of eight aircraft with the addition of its first Gulfstream G650 to be based in Wellington. The G650 can fly non-stop from Auckland to cities including Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong.


The rest of ExecuJet’s fleet are based in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Wellington and Kuala Lumpur, and charters cost about US$9,000 an hour for a business jet that seats between eight and 19 passengers.


Meanwhile, ExecuJet Indonesia is preparing in the next two months to move from the temporary general aviation terminal at Bali airport to a new facility, which is designed to handle all general aviation and business aircraft up to narrow-body aircraft, and provide VIP lounge access, groundhandling services and aircraft management.


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