Earlier this week, Bombardier Aviation announced the development of its new, OEM-operated Melbourne Service Centre at the Essendon Fields Airport in Victoria, Australia. The center will increase Bombardier’s customer service footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters), and will provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services as well as a 4,000-sq. ft. (371-m2) parts depot and fixed-based operation (FBO). Construction will start this year, and the facility is to open in 2022.
A Worldwide Effort
The Melbourne Service Centre is but one of the numerous projects Bombardier is undertaking to expand and enhance its worldwide customer service network. Others involve facilities in Berlin, Miami, London, and Singapore. The Melbourne facility will expand customers’ options for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications, and avionics installations, as well as on-the-ground support for Learjet, Challenger, and Global aircraft. The facility will have enough space to simultaneously service two Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft. Plans are to hire 50 people to staff the new center, including 40 technicians.
Australia is a key market for Bombardier, the aerospace company says, as more than half of the country’s business aircraft fleet consists of Bombardier aircraft. The facility will serve as an important gateway to Asia-Pacific and as a key focal point for regional customers and future growth prospects for the Bombardier fleet.
“A Strong Commitment”
“This is a tremendous outcome for Melbourne, and it solidifies Essendon Fields as the home of corporate jets in Australia,” says Essendon Fields CEO Brendan Pihan. “Essendon Fields will now attract a sizeable proportion of all Bombardier aircraft in the region to Victoria for aircraft service and maintenance. 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."
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Posted On: 10/30/2020 2:39:43 PM