Bombardier is expanding maintenance capacity at its Tucson, Ariz., service center for its Q400 and Q400 NextGen twin turboprops. The airframer has added three additional lines of maintenance staff in southwestern U.S. facility, supplementing capacity already available to regional airline customers in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Macon, Ga. According to Gary Martin, Bombardier Commercial vice president for marketing and service programs, the airframer made the investment in response to Q400 fleet growth and a number of long-term heavy maintenance contracts the company recently won.
Meanwhile, at an RAA Convention press conference, Martin also reported that Bombardier has defined approximately 75 percent of the maintenance tasks for its new CSeries jetliner. The company said that it will establish a dedicated maintenance team to support each airline customer.