Bombardier will build a larger service center at London Biggin Hill (BQH) to replace its existing hangars there, the Montreal-based airframer announced today. At nearly 250,000 sq ft (23,225 sq m), the new service center is expected to be operational by mid-2022.
“With the expansion of the London Biggin Hill service center, 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,” said Bombardier Aviation customer experience v-p and general manager 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.”
The new center will offer requested capabilities such as component painting and interior refurbishment, component repair and overhaul workshops, and training rooms. It will have capacity to hold up to 14 Global 7500s simultaneously and also include a new parts depot. Employment at the new center is expected to swell to more than 250 employees over several years.
First opened in 2017, Bombardier’s service center at BQH offers tip-to-tail heavy maintenance on its Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets. Last year, it added enhanced interior repair and refurbishment.