Cape Town scores another aviation award
Wallace du Plessis
Cape Town - The Cape Town operation of a top global aviation company has won a coveted award, yet another accolade connected to Cape Town International Airport.
ExecuJet, situated at the southern end of the airport, which itself won the Best Airport in Africa and the Best Airport in Africa for Staff Service Excellence at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, has been voted best fixed base operator (FBO) in Africa & the Middle East by readers of Professional Pilot magazine.
A fixed base operator is a facility supplying support services like, fuel, maintenance, hangaring, parking and even catering to business aircraft almost like a mini airport within an airport.
The company's Lanseria FBO rankied a close third in the voting, while Jet Aviation in Dubai was second after subscribers to Professional Pilot returned 4 504 forms in the 39th annual world wide Prase (Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment) Survey.
The Cape Town maintenance and FBO base was started around 3 years ago and already has 30 staff supporting 33 aircraft based at Execujet ranging from Pilatus P12 to Global Express. The facility has a 6 000m² hangar.
ExecuJet handles around 300 aircraft per month at the operation.
"We pride ourselves on making sure we go that extra mile to deliver the special service that accompanies the ExecuJet Brand", says Mark Abbott, ExecuJet's Group FBO Director.
"This recognition supports our position as one of the world's strongest and award-winning FBO brands."
ExecuJet's South African operation achieved the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification in September 2011 making it a world class facility.