Bombardier Aerospace has added three new AOG line maintenance facilities, including the company’s first service facilities in Malaysia and Latvia, expanding its service network to 26 countries.
“Bombardier has an aggressive plan to increase its worldwide network of authorized service facilities and line maintenance facilities next year. While I can’t provide the precise details of our next addition, as we are currently in contract negotiations with several facilities, I can tell you that our next network addition will most likely be in one of Bombardier’s emerging markets–India, the Middle East or China–and it will either be an authorized service facility or an AOG line maintenance facility capable of developing into a full ASF,” Chris Milligan, director of authorized service facilities, Bombardier customer services, told AIN.
Bombardier operates nine OEM service centers, including its newest center at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, offering capabilities from scheduled maintenance, inspections and refurbishment to fly-in repairs, mobile repair parties and AOG support. In addition, the company has a network of 46 ASFs and AOG line maintenance facilities for business aircraft and five for airliners.
ExecuJet Malaysia, Bombardier’s first LMF in that country, services Learjets, Challengers and Globals at Kuala Lumpur, Lapangan Terbang SAAS International Airport.
Aerovitro of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, located on Aeropuerto del Norte International Airport, has been named an AOG line maintenance facility for Challengers and Globals.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has opened a line maintenance facility for Learjets, Challengers and Globals at Riga International Airport in Latvia. It provides joint services through LBAS and the Baltic Business Aviation Centre/FBO Riga. The company plans to add Challenger 850 capability by year-end.
Milligan said the company’s strategy is to continue to expand its network beyond its traditional North American market. “We’re well represented in North America. It’s time to establish a strong presence internationally. To date 33 of our 60 facilities are outside North America so we already have a solid footprint abroad,” he said. “But we’re not motivated by having the most facilities around the world; we’re motivated by having the right number of facilities in the right places to best serve our customers.”