Bombardier, Landmark Aviation Inaugurate Modernized Authorized Service Facility

Bombardier Aerospace and Landmark Aviation today officially unveiled the newly remodelled terminal facility and expanded ramp operations area at Landmark’s flagship Los Angeles International Airport service center, the newest Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for Bombardier business jets.

Celebratory activities included an official ribbon-cutting event, facility tours and a reception
for media, industry officials and Bombardier customers and operators.

The renovated facility pairs a luxurious flight center, which includes a pilot rest area, flight planning area and conference room, with Landmark’s world-class maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The renovation, an investment of US $2.6 million, also expands the facility’s ramp space by 10 per cent to 300,000 sq. ft.

“Landmark’s goal is to enhance the ownership and service experience for each and every Bombardier customer either based on the U.S. West Coast or regularly flying in from other regions. This exciting new investment has prepared us to offer an even higher level of comfort and service to Bombardier operators,” said Roger Wolfe, chief executive officer, Landmark Aviation.

Bombardier appointed Landmark’s Los Angeles facility as an ASF for service and maintenance on Bombardier Learjet and Challenger 600 Series aircraft in February 2006, making it the first Bombardier ASF in the U.S. authorized to service all three Bombardier business aircraft families. Landmark has been providing quality maintenance for the Global family of aircraft in Los Angeles since 2000.

“Bombardier is determined to establish new levels of unparalleled aircraft availability for our customers and, as a first-class service and maintenance provider, we are confident that Landmark will assist in delivering this support here on the West Coast," said Dave Orcutt, vice-president, customer support, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Now, Bombardier Learjet, Challenger 600 Series, and our Global business jet operators, will benefit from unparalleled one-stop convenience for all their service requirements.”

Bombardier invested significantly in its worldwide service and maintenance network over the past two years, with Landmark Aviation named as the fourth new ASF, bringing the total number to 28 independent facilities. There are 12 ASFs in North America, nine of which service Learjet aircraft; seven provide service on Challenger aircraft, and three on Global aircraft. A further 16 ASFs offer maintenance and service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific Rim, and in Central and South America.

Landmark’s Los Angeles service center, first established over 50 years ago, provides operators with the full range of aircraft maintenance and support services round the clock. It features more than 60,000 square feet (18,000 sq. m) of hangar space and employs over 190 technicians, engineers and specialists. The facility also offers full FBO services, including refuelling, cargo handling, catering, ground transportation and a comfortable VIP lounge and work area.

About Landmark Aviation
Born out of a merger between Garrett, Piedmont- Hawthorne, and Associated Air Center in 2004, Landmark Aviation is one of North America’s largest providers of comprehensive services for the business aviation industry. With 43 locations in North America, the company offers a full range of fixed base operations; maintenance, repair and overhaul; aircraft charter, sales and management; and large aircraft completions. Landmark Aviation is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. Landmark Aviation is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD).
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