COMMERCIAL jet maintenance service provider ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has allowed the company to service specific aircraft that are on the Philippine aircraft registry, including aircraft from Bombardier, Gulfstream and Dassault Business Jets.

“The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has certified ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia to perform line and heavy maintenance on Dassault Aviation, Bombardier and Gulfstream business jets,” ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia said in a statement released to reporters Wednesday.

The Malaysian firm said the certification covers the Dassault Falcon 2000EX and Falcon 900EX aircraft; Bombardier Challenger 300/350 series and Bombardier Learjet 45 aircraft; and Gulfstream G200 and Gulfstream G IV aircraft.

With the certification, ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia is allowed “to do maintenance work for operators that have these aircraft on the Philippine aircraft registry,” the company said.

“The impetus for getting CAAP certification was the increased number of queries from operators in the Philippines. We realized that many of them are looking for a wider range of maintenance options, especially those who usually send their jets to the US for MRO work,” Vice-President for MRO Services Asia Ivan Lim of ExecuJet MRO Services Malaysia was quoted as saying in the statement.

Mr. Lim noted that it applied for the certification due to the “substantial market for business aviation” in the Philippines.

“The Philippines is the third largest market in Southeast Asia for business aviation after Malaysia and Singapore,” Mr. Lim said.

He also noted that currently there are “around 50” business jets in the Philippines and the number is “likely to increase.”

“We think our Kuala Lumpur facility brings unique value because of its geographic location, quality and range of MRO capabilities. For instance, our mobile response teams can easily support Philippine business jets with emergencies and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations,” Mr. Lim said. — Arjay L. Balinbin