Officials from Bombardier Business Aircraft and Tianjin Airport Economic Area celebrated the opening of a new service center at Tianjin in northeastern China on April 7.
Bombardier Business Aircraft and Tianjin Airport Economic Area (TAEA) opened a service center at Tianjin in northeastern China on April 7. The new 95,766-sq-ft (8,500 sq m) facility features hangar space, offices and back shop areas. Maintenance, repair, overhaul and other services are available for Bombardier customers in this region, and the investment strengthens the Canadian airframer's support network for Asia.
Opening a few days ahead of the 2017 ABACE show in Shanghai, the Tianjin service center received its Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification to support the Global, Challenger 604, Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 series. This means the center can perform 96-month inspections for Challenger 600 series jets as well as 120-month inspections for Globals. The first inspection on a customer aircraft is under way at the facility.
“We are delighted to see the inauguration of our joint venture with Bombardier and are committed to its success,” commented Zhao Xuesen, TAEA vice president. “It shows the vitality of the Tianjin aviation industry and consolidates Tianjin’s position as an emerging aviation hub in China. Business aircraft [movements] reached 1,528 at the Tianjin Airport in 2016, a 17.36 percent increase from the previous year. With China’s growth strategy in place, a rapid expansion of the business aviation industry can be anticipated in Tianjin, in line with China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.”
The Tianjin service center joins Bombardier’s network of nine service centers, five line maintenance stations and 17 customer response team mobile units located around the world. Bombardier estimates that approximately 1,100 business jet deliveries for Greater China, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions will take place over the next 10 years. Currently, there are 280 Bombardier business jets based in Asia.
Lanny Schindelmeiser, general manager of Bombardier Tianjin Aviation Services Co., Ltd, commented, “The opening of the Tianjin Service Centre demonstrates Bombardier’s priority to bring top maintenance services to our Chinese customers and ensure faster access to support, closer to their base of operations. Our technicians have been trained through a comprehensive program to deliver the value-added experience Bombardier provides throughout its worldwide network.”
(Samantha Cartaino - AINOnline News)