Bombardier announces plans for new MRO facility in Melbourne
Canadian global transportation company Bombardier announced the development of a new service centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia, which will employ approximately 50 people, including more than 40 highly skilled technicians.
The 50,000 square feet facility is the company’s first Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility in Melbourne, Victoria.
Bombardier’s investment will be an important gateway to the Asia-Pacific region for the company, serving as a key focal point for customers in the region.
“We are thrilled with the addition of the new Melbourne Service Centre, which further builds on Bombardier’s commitment to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region,” Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier Aviation.
“By adding more specialised know-how and greater capacity to support more aircraft in this key location, we are providing our customers even more reasons to bring their jets home,” Gallagher said.
Australia is a key market for Bombardier, with around 168 of the country’s business jets made up of Bombardier aircraft.
“This is a tremendous outcome for Melbourne, and it solidifies Essendon Fields as the home of corporate jets in Australia. Essendon Fields will now attract a sizeable proportion of all Bombardier aircraft in the region to Victoria for aircraft service and maintenance,” said Brendan Pihan, CEO, Essendon Fields.
The new facility will provide customers with a variety of service options including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications, avionics installations and AOG support for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. It will also have the capacity to service two Global 7500 aircraft – Bombardier’s flagship aircraft, at one time. The facility is expected to be completed by 2022.
The centre will be led by former Royal Australian Navy maintenance technician Corey Trudgen, who was most recently the was general manager of Bombardier’s Biggin Hill Service Centre in the UK.