The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak officially inaugurated yesterday Skypark FBO Malaysia – marking a new era in Malaysian aviation history.
In a bold move to develop the aviation industry into a significant business aviation player on the world stage, the ExecuJet Aviation Group based in Switzerland and Hawker Pacific based in Australia – two major aviation organisations within the region – have been appointed to operate a world class Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang.
ExecuJet Aviation Group, a leading global aviation organization that is currently expanding throughout the region – Malaysia, Moscow, Mumbai and Beijing – and Hawker Pacific, a market leader in integrated civil and military aerospace sales and product support with 16 offices throughout South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East, recently signed a joint venture initiative during the EBACE Show in Geneva to include Skypark Malaysia as one of its respective chain of worldwide FBOs.
The joint venture, called Skypark FBO Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., will offer full handling facilities plus VIP lounge and fuel provision. Future plans call for each joint venture partner to independently operate Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangars specialising in their respective products and services with aircraft parking hangars as part of the broader vision for SkyPark Subang.
“Malaysia is strategically located along the corridor which links the Far East and Australia to Europe and the United States providing a convenient stopover for refuelling and other purposes.” said Datuk Ravindran Menon, Executive Director of Subang Skypark Sdn. Bhd.
Gerrit Basson, Group Managing Director of ExecuJet Aviation Group, said: “We are excited to be a part of the growing improvement within the region which brinds together two experienced partners to share skills and resources. Our commitment complements Malaysia’s own vision and aspirations for the fast growing Asian aviation industry.”
Alan Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawker Pacific Group, added: “Since its inception in 1978, our company has enjoyed a substantial presence in the Asian region providing a broad range of services to business and general aviation. The FBO joint venture operation is an exciting opportunity for us to grow the Malaysian aviation market and to position Kuala Lumpur as a major hub in Asia.”
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang is to receive a US$91 million injection of funds to transform its Terminal 3 into a corporate aviation hub, a redevelopment project being undertaken by Subang Skypark, an independent company. Scheduled for completion by 2010, phase two of the project involves the construction of dedicated MRO and aircraft parking hangars.
The Skypark FBO Malaysia provides aircraft operators, their passengers and aircrew with a diverse range of professional FBO services for business and private flights, including tailored solutions for VIP, diplomatic and large aircraft operations.
Furthermore, Skypark FBO Malaysia will build the service offering to provide over-flight and landing clearances, organizing in-flight catering and providing a complete menu of ground handling and concierge services including aircraft marshalling, parking, fuel, aircraft valet, hangarage, security, customs and immigration, passenger and baggage handling, limousine transfers and hotel accommodation.
The launch of Skypark FBO Malaysia was also attended by Datuk Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport, Malaysia.
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