Bombardier is to open a new service center at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The center will more than double the company’s current customer service footprint in Florida with new capabilities, including a paint facility for the center’s vast customer base spanning the USA and Latin America.
Planned for inauguration in 2020, the new service center in Miami will be fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modifications, avionics installations and aircraft on ground support (AOG) for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.
Once the facility is fully ramped up, the new service center will almost double Bombardier’s employment in Florida to almost 300 employees.
Jean-Christophe Gallagher, vice president and general manager, customer experience, at Bombardier, said, “By doubling our capacity to support more aircraft, and adding new capabilities, our customers will benefit from the peace of mind that comes from our OEM expertise and from reduced aircraft downtime.
“Thanks to our long-term relationship with the state of Florida, we are thrilled to open our new facility at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF), where many of our operators are already based.”
Located in Miami-Dade County, OPF is the largest of the county’s general aviation airports. Bombardier’s approximately US$100m investment in its new service center will reportedly bring benefits to Miami-Dade County, including the development of a comprehensive aerospace cluster and the establishment of talent development partnerships with local colleges.
The 300,000ft² (28,000m²) state-of-the-art facility will become part of Bombardier’s network of exceptional service center facilities and Mobile Response Team (MRT) mobile units around the world, ready to respond to the maintenance needs of operators.
Following the inauguration of the Miami-Dade County facility, Bombardier will continue to support customers in the city of Fort Lauderdale with a line maintenance station.