Canadian global transportation company, Bombardier, is building its first Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility in Melbourne, Victoria. Based in Essendon Fields, the 50,000 square-foot facility will employ approximately 50 people, including 40 highly skilled technicians.
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,’ says 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.’
Watch a video on Bombardier’s new Melbourne Service Centre.
Australia is a key market for Bombardier. Around 168 of the country’s business jets are 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,’ says Brendan Pihan, CEO of 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.
Bombardier’s investment will result in numerous returns to Victoria, including technology transfer, job creation, economic impact and an additional aviation connection point to the Asia-Pacific region.