Actor and pilot John Travolta was among the first VIPs to pass through the ExecuJet FBO at Lanseria for the Soccer World Cup. He landed with his Boeing 707 from Buenos Aires and was accompanied by his wife, actress Kelly Preston and daughter Ella to lend support to the Australian national team. Travolta then held a press briefing in the ExecuJet VIP lounge.
With the World Cup now well underway, ExecuJet South Africa is set to do record business during June and July. Its FBO facility at Lanseria, near Johannesburg, handled 197 business jet movements in the first week, including aircraft arrivals from 27 Heads of State.
With the influx of visiting aircraft, additional parking space has had to be arranged with Lanseria International Airport. Business jets are being parked on the ExecuJet apron, the Lanseria freight apron, as well as on the parallel runway 06R. ExecuJet ground personnel have been working 12 hour shifts, 24/7 with the additional support of 15 temporary FBO experienced workers. Approximately 160 different aircraft and over 350 movements are already confirmed to arrive at ExecuJet’s Lanseria FBO for the duration of the soccer tournament.
ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO, meanwhile, will handle approximately 120 international aircraft over the period, although this is increasing daily. This represents a 300% increase in movements.
“The majority of aircraft arrivals are inbound from the USA and Europe, but South America and African countries are commonly filing for last minute requests and additional request for already confirmed arrivals is a daily occurrence, especially before each game.“ said Mark Abbott, ExecuJet Aviation Group FBO Director “There is a real buzz at the FBOs here. It’s very exciting and everyone is working really hard.“ he added.
ExecuJet South Africa’s charter department experienced an upswing with many soccer supporters travelling around the country in chartered aircraft. On Tuesday 22 June, the company’s Lanseria base broke another record with 34 chartered aircraft movements during a 16 hour period. This is equivalent to a departure or arrival every 20 minutes.
The ExecuJet Aviation Group
The ExecuJet Aviation Group is a leading global business aviation organisation offering a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management for private and commercial registered aircraft, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, ExecuJet has operations in five regions – Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and South Africa, embracing a workforce of over 800 experienced staff.
The ExecuJet Aviation Group manages 150 business jets worldwide under the most stringent safety standards. Its commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of eight regional civil aviation issued air operating certificates (AOCs). ExecuJet has many authorised maintenance facilities throughout four regions, certified to work on most Business Jets. The ExecuJet Aviation Group operates six world class FBO facilities in Berlin, Zurich, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
The ExecuJet Aviation Group offers considerable experience in new and pre-owned aircraft sales worldwide and has a large inventory of business aircraft to suit all budgets with an international team of sales directors offering local knowledge and expertise. ExecuJet is the exclusive sales agent outside North America for the eight to 12-passenger Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, expected to come into service in 2015.