Bombardier begins work on new Abu Dhabi Service Centre


Bombardier has broken ground on a new service centre at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of its campaign to harvest $2bn in aftermarket sales within three years.

Set to open in 2025, the Abu Dhabi Service Centre, covering nearly 100,000sqft, will be the manufacturer’s first full-service facility in the UAE. Featuring a large hangar, the centre will house a parts depot and suite of maintenance services including scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, aircraft modifications, paint modification, aircraft on ground (AOG) capabilities and aircraft parking services. The facility will be able to accommodate up to four Global 7500 aircraft and service the new Global 8000, after its commissioning in 2025.

Éric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier said the Middle East is an important market for the manufacturer, with more than 150 aircraft. “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,” he said. The new service facility is expected to lead to 100 extra jobs.

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports welcomed the new investment. “Located at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the world, we have no doubt that Bombardier’s global aviation leadership, experience, and expertise will be a catalyst for invaluable service delivery and excellence, upon the facility’s official unveiling,” he said.

Matthew Nicholls, senior advisor, Communications and Public Affairs, told Corporate Jet Investor: “Bombardier has had a presence in the Middle East for many years. But the addition of this new, dynamic facility will help us better serve our growing customer base in the region and provide them with new and essential services.”

 Bombardier remains a market leader in the Middle East, he added. “This region represents considerable growth opportunities for us, both in terms of aircraft sales as well as aftermarket development.” 

The latest investment follows Bombardier’s recent service centre expansion and improvement projects in Singapore; Miami, Florida; Melbourne, Australia; and London, UK. Together, the expansion totals nearly an additional 1m sqft of new service capacity to its worldwide aftermarket network.

Speaking at the inauguration of the manufacturer’s new Biggin Hill facility, Jean-Christophe Gallagher, executive vice president, Services and Support and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier told Corporate Jet Investor last week: “We have been very clear for the Bombardier fleet, we are looking at a 50% share of a $4bn market. There is plenty of room for everyone else.” 

Pictured are Bombardier executives and airport officials at the ground-breaking ceremony. From left: Steven Polmans, vice president, Business Development & Free Zones, AD Airports, Francois Bourienne, chief commercial officer, AD Airports, Jamal Salem AL Dhaheri, MD and CEO, AD Airports, Éric Martel, president and CEO, Bombardier, Jean-Christophe Gallagher, executive vice president, Services and Supportand Corporate Strategy, Bombardier, Zeshan Malik, senior director, Corporate Development, Bombardier and Christopher Debergh, vice president, OEM Parts and Services, Bombardier

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