Bombardier extends European CRJ service Centre agreement with Adria Airways

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that its appointment of Adria Airways as a Bombardier CRJ* Recognized Service Facility (RSF) in Europe has been extended until 2007.

Adria Airways of Ljubljana, Slovenia was awarded the distinction as the first Bombardier recognized CRJ heavy maintenance facility in Europe in July 2002. Since that time, Adria has performed more than 90 modification and check events on Bombardier CRJ200* and Bombardier CRJ700* regional jets.

“Adria’s willingness to accept challenges, respond to customer requirements and its excellence in service performance makes us proud to have Adria as our service partner to support our CRJ customers,” said Jeff Mihalic, vice-president and general manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft. “We look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship as Bombardier’s CRJ product family continues to grow in the European market.”

“Adria is proud to be a partner with Bombardier in supporting the CRJ heavy maintenance needs throughout the European community,” said Dr. Branko Lučovnik, chairman and president, Adria Airways. “Our shared belief in the growth of the Bombardier CRJ fleet and the favorable response from our customers has given us the confidence to expand our maintenance capability and capacity. We expect to have construction of our new three-bay hanger completed and in operation by the fall of 2004.”

In addition to Adria, Bombardier has two other service partners supporting the European customer base. British European Aviation Services, based in Exeter, England provides the same services as Adria, but is focussed on the Q Series turboprop fleet, while TAT Industries, based in Dinard, France provides rotables support on both Bombardier CRJ and Q Series fleet types. These partners help Bombardier meet the needs of European customers.

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Information:
Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Aerospace
Toronto: (416) 375-3030