Bombardier Aviation has unveiled plans to open a new service center at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne,
The new OEM-operated Melbourne Service Centre will
employ about 50 people and boost Bombardier’s customer service
footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by some 50,000 square feet.
“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” said
Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and
Support, and Corporate Strategy, Bombardier Aviation. “By adding
more specialized 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.”
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 at one time and will
feature a 4,000 sq. ft. parts depot.
Construction is set to begin this year, with the facility slated
to be operational in 2022.
“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 of Essendon
Fields. “This is a long-term commitment, by both parties. With
this announcement, we demonstrate a strong commitment to the
future of aviation at Essendon Fields.’’
Corey Trudgen, the former General Manager of the
Biggin Hill Service Centre near London will assume the same role at the new
facility in Melbourne.
Corey has more than 25-years of experience
in aviation, and is, in many ways returning to his roots. He
started his aviation career as an aircraft technician in the Royal
Australian Navy and moved to a number of increasing roles of
responsibility in the airline industry. Corey joined Bombardier in
2015 as a Field Service Representative. He has been GM of the Biggin Hill Service Centre since
“The Victorian Government is proud to be
supporting Bombardier to grow its footprint here in Melbourne,
creating more than 50 jobs,” said Martin Pakula, Victorian
Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. “This is a
regionally-significant development and one that cements Victoria
as a major player in Asia-Pacific aviation.”
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