Bombardier today announced a 100,000-square-foot (9,290-sq.-m) expansion plan at its factory-owned service center at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Construction will begin in autumn 2005, with the grand opening scheduled in autumn 2006.
Bombardier will nearly double its existing service space in Dallas by adding a 52,500-square-foot (4,877-sq.-m) hangar to accommodate Challenger and Global aircraft. An additional 45,000 square feet (4,180 sq. m) of back-shops, support and office space is also planned.
Once completed, the new facility will house approximately 125 full-time employees with projected growth reaching up to 197 employees over the next five years.
"This continues our commitment to increasing our service and maintenance capacity in the U.S. and around the world. It is key that we provide our customers with as much flexibility and choice as possible to meet their aircraft maintenance needs," said Peter Edwards, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This latest investment will increase the current capacity at our Dallas service center by over 60 per cent."
Europe, Middle East and Asia
Bombardier recently announced a significant expansion of its support for European business aircraft customers and continues to expand its worldwide service footprint. The company is in the preliminary stages of establishing a line repair station in Russia to accommodate the rapidly growing fleet of Bombardier Challenger and Global jets in that country. Bombardier also plans to establish a Global aircraft flight simulator in Europe by the fourth quarter of 2007 and will begin operations at its Frankfurt parts superwarehouse in autumn 2005.
A new service center and spare parts depot is scheduled to begin operations this fall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Bombardier plans to open an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) line repair station facility in India within 12 months.
United States and the Americas
In the past year, Bombardier added four new facilities to its North American service center/ASF network: a factory owned service center in Clarksburg, West Virginia; Duncan Aviation in Battle-Creek, Michigan as an ASF; and two new line stations at Teterboro, New Jersey and Addison, Texas. Bombardier is also investigating opportunities for a line repair station solution on the U.S. West coast, to be identified by the end of the year.
Bombardier's parts superwarehouse in Chicago will be fully operational in August 2005 and the company will soon increase its parts availability in South America with the addition of a parts depot in the Sao Paulo region.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to all rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005, were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto stock exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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