Bombardier Appoints First Asian CRJ Service Centre

Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Ltd., (STAECO) of Jinan, People’s Republic of China, as the first Bombardier recognized heavy maintenance service facility in the Asia-Pacific region. Jinan is about 225 miles (361 km) south of Beijing.

Under a Recognized Service Facility (RSF) agreement, STAECO is authorized to perform “C” checks and other heavy maintenance on all models of the Bombardier CRJ family of regional jets. STAECO can also perform aircraft modifications and upgrades on Bombardier’s behalf.

“This agreement with STAECO is a continuation of our initiative to enhance our customer support in the Asia-Pacific region,” said David Schenck, Vice-President, Customer Support, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “We are impressed by STAECO’s capabilities and their quality of work. They will serve our customers well.”

“We are honored to have received this endorsement from Bombardier Aerospace,” said M.T. Wong, Deputy General Manager of STAECO. “We are eager to offer our flexible and economic maintenance services to Bombardier’s current and future customers.”

The addition of this new Bombardier RSF based in China, complements CRJ and Q Series/Dash 8 RSF facilities based at Adria Airways in Slovenia and British European Aviation Services in England which serve European operators.

In North America, Bombardier provides regional aircraft heavy maintenance support at its West Virginia Air Center at Bridgeport, West Virginia, and in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, two of Bombardier’s line maintenance facilities are located at Asheville, North Carolina and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

At each of these facilities, Bombardier and its partners offer airlines industry-leading support, with fixed-cost scheduled heavy maintenance and guaranteed turn times. This approach ensures airlines are aware of their heavy maintenance costs and aircraft allocation requirements over a long period of time.

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For information
Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Aerospace
(416) 375-3030