Senai set to model after Seletar

SENAI International Airport (Senai Airport) is well coming to position itself as a regional company aviation airport, similar to Singapore’s Seletar Airport.

The development of the business aviation portfolio will be located at the airport’s aviation park by itself – the Senai Airport Aviators Park.

The aviation park is undergoing developments to assist Senai Airport become a regional company aviation airport over the next few years.

At the same time, it will also be used to cater to aircraft manufacturers, fixed-based operators, maintenance, repair and change companies (MRO), as well as others that support the aviation industry.

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd deputy chief executive Safuan Basir said the company is building seven hangars worth some RM35 mil as part of its plan to expand the business aviation portfolio.

Although the hangars are expected to be finished before the end of first quarter this year, they have already been taken up, mainly by international business jets customers.

“This is an thrilling new product for us and I think the time is right. The product is not only for local market, also for regional and international markets, inch Safuan told Business Times within an interview recently.

He or she added that Senai Airport Terminal is certainly planning to develop an additional 12 hangars there.

The rationale for the purpose of Senai Airport to develop the business aviation portfolio is due to the rising need of the private aircraft services, especially in Asia Pacific, and the congestion at Seletar Airport.

“The people that we are talking to are who reside in Seletar Airport. The price is escalating over there and space is running up because of many private airlines flying in and out.

“Naturally, clients are looking for new space, so that is why we all don’t mind to invest to capture the market, ” Safuan said.

He also said the only real airport in Malaysia that suits business aviation, Subang Skypark Terminal, is also facing space constraints.

“It is timely for the purpose of Malaysia and Senai to have a facility like this to serve the growing business aviation and general aviation need in the region.

“The need not only comes from the local market (Malaysia and Singapore), but also from countries as far as Europe. We are talking to potential clients from Europe and we have received solid interest from China as well, inch Safuan said.

Another feature that is being developed at the Senai Airport Aviation Park is a private terminal for corporate and business jets.

It will also add an open parking space for the purpose of light aircraft, which can be used as being a showroom.

Senai Airport terminal has also started developing 20. twenty three hectares of land in the area in order to cater to the growth of the MRO industry in Asia.

In 2011, the MRO market in the area was worth US$11. 6 billion (RM39 billion), with the United States and Europe capturing the largest value, at US$17 billion and US$13. 7 billion, respectively. Middle East and Africa’s MRO industries recorded US$3. 1 billion and US$1. five billion, respectively, three years ago.

Safuan said the Hard anodized cookware MRO industry is expected to achieve more than US$20 billion in value, placing the region on par with the US and Europe in the next seven years.


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SENAI International Airport (Senai Airport) is well coming to position itself as a regional company aviation airport, similar to Singapore’s Seletar Airport.

The development of the business aviation portfolio will be located at the airport’s aviation park by itself – the Senai Airport Aviators Park.

The aviation park is undergoing developments to assist Senai Airport become a regional company aviation airport over the next few years.

At the same time, it will also be used to cater to aircraft manufacturers, fixed-based operators, maintenance, repair and change companies (MRO), as well as others that support the aviation industry.

Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd deputy chief executive Safuan Basir said the company is building seven hangars worth some RM35 mil as part of its plan to expand the business aviation portfolio.

Although the hangars are expected to be finished before the end of first quarter this year, they have already been taken up, mainly by international business jets customers.

“This is an thrilling new product for us and I think the time is right. The product is not only for local market, also for regional and international markets, inch Safuan told Business Times within an interview recently.

He or she added that Senai Airport Terminal is certainly planning to develop an additional 12 hangars there.

The rationale for the purpose of Senai Airport to develop the business aviation portfolio is due to the rising need of the private aircraft services, especially in Asia Pacific, and the congestion at Seletar Airport.

“The people that we are talking to are who reside in Seletar Airport. The price is escalating over there and space is running up because of many private airlines flying in and out.

“Naturally, clients are looking for new space, so that is why we all don’t mind to invest to capture the market, ” Safuan said.

He also said the only real airport in Malaysia that suits business aviation, Subang Skypark Terminal, is also facing space constraints.

“It is timely for the purpose of Malaysia and Senai to have a facility like this to serve the growing business aviation and general aviation need in the region.

“The need not only comes from the local market (Malaysia and Singapore), but also from countries as far as Europe. We are talking to potential clients from Europe and we have received solid interest from China as well, inch Safuan said.

Another feature that is being developed at the Senai Airport Aviation Park is a private terminal for corporate and business jets.

It will also add an open parking space for the purpose of light aircraft, which can be used as being a showroom.

Senai Airport terminal has also started developing 20. twenty three hectares of land in the area in order to cater to the growth of the MRO industry in Asia.

In 2011, the MRO market in the area was worth US$11. 6 billion (RM39 billion), with the United States and Europe capturing the largest value, at US$17 billion and US$13. 7 billion, respectively. Middle East and Africa’s MRO industries recorded US$3. 1 billion and US$1. five billion, respectively, three years ago.

Safuan said the Hard anodized cookware MRO industry is expected to achieve more than US$20 billion in value, placing the region on par with the US and Europe in the next seven years.

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