Author: Gerrit Basson, President, Luxaviation Group
4 Aug 2017
Industry consolidation is increasingly common across Europe. Whether you are a service provider or user, consolidation can be a powerful business move. Business aviation companies – from operators and brokers, to fixed-base operations (FBOs) – are opting to combine their talents with erstwhile competitors, and this trend towards consolidation is only set to continue.
ExecuJet has been a part of the Luxaviation Group since 2015 and, as a result, benefits from economies of scale that offer significant cost savings in areas such as fuel, FBO fees, insurance, and pilot training – some of which can be passed on to the customer. We are also able to offer customers access to a combined fleet of more than 260 business aircraft worldwide, meaning increased aircraft availability and a broader range of models. There is also the opportunity to pool experience with peers who have faced similar challenges, whether in operations, regulatory compliance or marketing.
Together, ExecuJet and the Luxaviation Group are setting new standards in business aviation management, customer service and safety. We work towards the most highly recognised industry regulations in order to deliver excellence at all our FBOs and in every area of our business. In the last few months, ExecuJet has achieved great success under the wing of the Luxaviation Group, pointing to industry consolidation being a truly positive thing.
Together, ExecuJet and the Luxaviation Group are setting new standards in business aviation management, customer service and safety
In June 2016, ExecuJet announced the acquisition of its first FBO in the Caribbean, at Princess Juliana International Airport on the island of St Maarten. Also in June, we celebrated the opening of our first Mexican FBO at Del Norte International Airport in Monterrey, Mexico.
In February 2017, we expanded our presence in Sydney, Australia with the acquisition of an FBO to complement our existing maintenance, flight operations and administration facility. The recently renovated FBO is located at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, just 12km from the city centre, and consists of a dedicated VIP guest lounge, passenger amenities and private meeting rooms for guests in transit, and customs and immigration processing facilities.
Our new Brussels FBO, meanwhile, has gained International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling accreditation, making it the first FBO facility in Belgium to do so. The Brussels FBO, previously managed by Abelag and integrated under management by ExecuJet since December 2016, is based at Brussels International Airport.
We have recently announced the opening of our central operations support service, which essentially oversees all activity related to the provision of CAMO, dispatch, crew training management, and crew travel coordination for companies in the group’s network. The department operates out of our Cambridge, UK headquarters, and is an evolution of the former shared services department, which was managed by ExecuJet. The new department provides a consistent level of excellence and also enables us to provide a team of more than 90 staff to manage the group’s fleet.
Luxaviation’s group broker desk is our first worldwide sales office, continuing to unite the global charter fleet since its launch in December 2016. The group broker desk provides brokers and clients with access to Luxaviation’s fleet of aircraft – including ExecuJet’s Embraer Lineage 1000, Dassault Falcon 8X, and Bombardier Challenger 5000s – from every entity of the business, offering more solutions and a quicker and easier charter process.
We continue to develop relationships with brokers and clients, supported by our colleagues in the group’s global charter offices. We also work closely with our group broker desk satellite offices in Miami, Moscow and Hong Kong, where the teams are building and developing relationships with brokers in their own regions.
ExecuJet is a leading global business aviation organisation, offering a range of services, including aircraft management for private and commercial aircraft, charter, maintenance, completions management, and fixed-base operations. ExecuJet operates in six regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, with a workforce of more than 1,000 staff.