Bombardier Aviation is building a new service center at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia. Construction is set to begin this year, with the facility slated to be operational in 2022.
The OEM-operated Melbourne Service Centre will employ about 50 people, including more than 40 skilled technicians, and will boost Bombardier’s customer service footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by approximately 50,000 square feet.
With more than half of the 168-aircraft strong Australian business fleet made up of Bombardier aircraft, the new facility will serve as an important gateway to Asia-Pacific, serving as a key focal point for customers in the region and for future growth prospects of the Bombardier fleet.
The facility will provide customers with a variety of service options including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications, avionics installations and AOG support for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. It will also have the capacity to service two Global 7500 aircraft – Bombardier’s exquisite, industry-defining flagship aircraft, at one time. The new service centre will also boast a 4,000 sq. ft. parts depot.
“We are thrilled with the addition of the new Melbourne Service Centre, which further builds on Bombardier’s commitment to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier Aviation. “By adding more specialized know-how and greater capacity to support more aircraft in this key location, we are providing our customers even more reasons to bring their jets home.”
“This is a tremendous outcome for Melbourne, and it solidifies Essendon Fields as the home of corporate jets in Australia. Essendon Fields will now attract a sizeable proportion of all Bombardier aircraft in the region to Victoria for aircraft service and maintenance,’’ said Brendan Pihan, CEO of Essendon Fields. “This is a long-term commitment, by both parties. With this announcement, we demonstrate a strong commitment to the future of aviation at Essendon Fields.’’
This announcement is the latest infrastructure investment aimed at enhancing Bombardier’s customer service network. Recent announcements include the planned future establishment of a wholly-owned service centre in Berlin; the construction of a service centre at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport; the ongoing expansion of the Biggin Hill service centre in London; the expansion of the company’s Singapore service center at the Seletar Aerospace Park; new Line Maintenance Stations (LMS) at strategic locations in the U.S and Europe.
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