Bombardier To Open Full-Service Facility In Abu Dhabi
DUBAI—As the Middle Eastern Business Aviation show gets underway in Dubai, Bombardier announced plans to open a service center at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE as it works to expand its aftermarket network.
Construction has begun on the nearly 100,000 ft.² maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, which will have capabilities for all Bombardier business jets. It also will be the first full-service facility in the UAE, and brings Bombardier’s global aftermarket footprint to nearly 1 million ft.² of space.
The Abu Dhabi facility, which eventually will employ more than 100, is expected to open in 2025. The facility will feature a large hangar with room for up to four Global 7500 business jets and will have the ability to service the Global 8000 when it enters service in 2025. The service center will also perform scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, aircraft modifications, paint modification, aircraft-on-ground (AOG) capabilities and aircraft parking services.
The Middle East is an important market for Bombardier with more than 150 aircraft, says Eric Martel, Bombardier president and CEO. “Abu Dhabi is a dynamic financial hub for business and commerce in the UAE, and this service facility will provide significant benefits, quick aircraft turnarounds and OEM peace of mind to our growing customer base.”
The move is the next step in Bombardier’s commitment to grow its aftermarket business. It recently opened or expanded projects in Australia, London, Melbourne, Miami, and Singapore.