Bombardier London Biggin Hill completes its first nose-to-tail on Global aircraft
The Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Centre at London Biggin Hill Airport has completed its first nose-to-tail service package since the facility’s inauguration in May.
The maintenance was completed on a Global 6000 aircraft and included the industry’s first Ka-band high-speed internet with Rockwell Collins Airborne Data Router (ADR) retrofit. This was also the first Ka-band installation completed by the service centre.
“This milestone is a testament to the skill and expertise of Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill team, and to our worldwide service centre network that supported the maintenance.”
Jean-Christophe Gallagher, vice president and general manager, customer experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “This milestone is a testament to the skill and expertise of Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill team, and to our worldwide service centre network that supported the maintenance.
“This first-of-its-kind installation demonstrates our engineering expertise in complex integrations, coupling Ka-band with an ADR retrofit. We are thrilled to deliver this level of service to our customers so soon after opening our hangar doors in London.”
The Ka-band high-speed internet system lets passengers on board Global and Challenger 600 series aircraft browse the internet, stream online media or stage a videoconference as easily as they would in their home or office.
Bombardier’s Ka-band is offered as an option on new Challenger 650 and Global aircraft, or as a retrofit upgrade on all in-service Global, Challenger 604, Challenger 605 and Challenger 650 aircraft at the company’s worldwide network of service centres.
Since its inauguration in May, the facility has supported more than 40 maintenance events, including a 96-month inspection of a Challenger 605 aircraft, during which technicians installed a Pro Line 21 Advanced integrated avionics system to maximise the aircraft’s downtime.
In March, Biggin Hill Service Centre received certification from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority for maintenance of Learjet 70, Learjet 75, Challenger 300, Challenger 350, Challenger 600 series, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. It then received FAA certification in August and UAE GCAA CAR 145 certification earlier this month.