Bombardier is to expand its London Biggin Hill airport service centre with the construction of a new and larger facility nearing 250,000 sq ft to replace its existing hangars. Scheduled to be operational by mid-2022, the new service centre will provide customers in the region with extended maintenance support and reinforce Bombardier's customer service experience in Europe.
The facility will provide the space and flexibility to offer a full range of maintenance and refurbishment services on Bombardier's portfolio of products, and has the capacity to accommodate as many as 14 Global 7500 aircraft at the same time. The expansion will also house component painting and interior refurbishment capabilities, component repair and overhaul workshops and training rooms. The site will also ensure a quick response to customers' repair needs with the integration of a brand new parts depot. Over the next several years, the facility's workforce will increase to more than 250 employees and beyond to meet expanding demand.
“Bombardier is taking another step in showing its unwavering commitment to providing customers with industry-leading services on a global scale, and the OEM expertise they rightfully deserve,” says vice president and general manager, customer experience Jean-Christophe Gallagher. “Europe continues to be a strong market for business aviation, and we're glad to show our commitment to our customers with this important investment in the region.”
Bombardier's London Biggin Hill service centre was inaugurated in 2017 and offers tip-to-tail heavy maintenance capabilities on the Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft. The site is fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications and avionics installations, and paint repair services. In 2019, the service centre added enhanced interior repair and refurbishment activities.
“The expansion of Bombardier's service centre and the enhancement of its service and maintenance capabilities is a testament to the dynamism and attractiveness of the Biggin Hill airport,” adds the airport commercial director Robert Walters. “Bombardier has been a tremendous partner and this demonstrates its strong commitment to the continued growth of our world class aviation hub.”