MONTRÉAL, Que.—Bombardier Aerospace and the Tianjin Airport Economic Area have signed a letter of agreement to increase aircraft maintenance services in Mainland China. The agreement is a first step toward the creation of a joint venture and eventually the construction of a maintenance facility in 2016.
Located in Tianjin, China, the facility will support the maintenance, repair, overhaul, and associated activities and services for all Bombardier business aircraft and, subject to certain conditions, on Bombardier commercial aircraft.
Under the joint venture, the facility will be operated using similar processes and procedures that govern Bombardier’s wholly owned Service Centre network worldwide.
“China is an important market and we are excited and honoured to collaborate with the leaders of Tianjin,” said Éric Martel, President, Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace.
“We are glad that our discussions with Bombardier Aerospace have led to this agreement and we are confident that the joint venture will be beneficial for our region,” said Huang Xingguo, Mayor of Tianjin. “Tianjin is a major and growing aerospace hub and fosters a business environment that will lead to the long term success of the joint venture.”
Bombardier Aerospace and the Tianjin Airport Economic Area are working toward definitive agreements to be signed in 2014, subject to internal, governmental and third-party approvals, as well as other usual conditions.
As part of its commitment to operators in China, Bombardier operates a localized customer service network, including a team of Field Service Representatives and Customer Support Account Managers, four Authorized Service Facilities, Regional Support Offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and neighbouring Singapore, as well as two established parts depots in Beijing and Hong Kong.
The fast-growing Bombardier fleet of Learjet, Challenger and Global jets owns a one-third share of the business jet market in Greater China.
Bombardier’s latest market forecast for the aviation industry predicts a total of 2,420 business jet deliveries destined for China over the next 20 years. To date, Bombardier business aircraft based in the Greater China region have reached over 100 jets.
In the 2013-2032 market forecast for commercial aircraft, Bombardier predicts that operators in Greater China will take delivery of 2,330 aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat commercial aircraft segment, making it the second most important region following the U.S. More than 40 of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft are currently in operation in Greater China.