Bombardier and the Tianjin Airport Economic Area have broken ground on a new joint venture business jet MRO facility at the airport. The nearly 9,000m2 facility is set to open in 2017, and will operate along similar lines to Bombardier’s wholly-owned service centre network.
“China, and specifically Tianjin, is a strategic location for business aircraft,” says Michel Ouellette, vice-president, aircraft programmes and customer services at Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We look forward to collaborating with the leaders of Tianjin to provide our customers with access to a full range of OEM maintenance services at their doorstep.”
Bombardier also has authorised service faciltiies and regional support offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as a parts depot in Beijing to support its Chinese operators. The manufacturer adds that there are over 120 of its business aircraft in operation in the greater China region.
The new facility will support a Bombardier fleet in the Greater China region that has grown to 120 aircraft. It also augments Bombardier’s center in Singapore that opened a little more than a year ago. That facility already has serviced 150 aircraft and obtained authorizations from 10 countries. The most recent authorization was granted this month from India. Bombardier also has four authorized service facilities, along with regional support offices and parts depots, in the country. The company said it is continuing to explore possible locations for new customer support facilities.
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