Bombardier is set to construct a new service centre at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida that will entail an investment of $100m.
Scheduled to be operational in 2020, the new 300,000ft² centre 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 fully operational, the new service centre is expected to nearly double Bombardier’s employment in Florida to close to 300 employees.
The new service centre will feature an expert team of highly-trained customer experience specialists and technicians. It is expected to serve mainly the US and Latin American customers.
Bombardier stated that the new facility will become part of its network of service centre facilities and Mobile Response Team (MRT) mobile units across the globe.
Following the inauguration of the Miami-Dade County facility, the firm will continue to support customers in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a line maintenance station.
Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president and general manager of the customer experience team Jean-Christophe Gallagher 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.”
Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez said: “Miami-Dade County is proud to be a key player in Bombardier’s grassroots development of the aerospace industry in our region.
“This new facility will employ nearly 300 of our residents in high-paying jobs averaging $70,000 annually, while also forging workplace partnerships with our local schools for continuing career opportunities.”
Based in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services.
Image: Bombardier Service Centre in Miami. Photo: Courtesy of Bombardier.