Bombardier Business Aircraft opened its first Asia-Pacific factory service center, at Seletar Airport in Singapore, in February 2014. At the time it had 41 employees, 25 of them technicians. Since then, the company says, it has worked on 150 aircraft, received nine certifications and installed unplanned-maintenance teams to serve the region.
“We are thrilled with the Singapore service center’s performance since its inauguration,” said Stan Younger, vice president of aircraft service centers. “As the center continues to expand its service capabilities and maintenance capacity, we expect to achieve more certifications this year and to have 60 engineers and technicians on strength by year-end.”
So far, the facility has earned certifications from the EASA and from the civil aviation authorities of Singapore, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Isle of Man. Bombardier expects to receive approvals from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the civil aviation authorities of Australia, China and India this year.
The Seletar service center has 32,000 sq ft (3,000 sq m) of hangar space, 38,000 sq ft (3,500 sq m) of ramp area and a similar area of workshop, warehouse and office space. The facility employs 70 people and is equipped to provide Learjets, Challengers and Globals with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications, avionics installations and AOG support.
The Singapore service center is Bombardier’s 10th wholly owned maintenance facility, joining the one in Amsterdam and eight in North America. It also hosts a Flying Colours interiors shop to provide Bombardier business aircraft operators with cabin warranty, repair, line service and refurbishment services.