Bombardier today appointed TAG Farnborough Engineering Ltd., as an Aircraft-On-Ground/Line Maintenance Facility (AOG/LMF) for Bombardier Challenger and Global business jets and Gold Air International Ltd. as an AOG/LMF for Bombardier Learjet aircraft, increasing the number of Bombardier business aircraft service facilities in Europe to 11.
“The agreements with TAG Farnborough and Gold Air are another building block in the steady expansion of Bombardier’s service footprint in Europe and elsewhere,” said James Hoblyn,
vice-president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “For our operators, this translates into improved aircraft availability.”
Operators of widebody Challenger and ultra long-range Global business jets now have ready access to line maintenance and round-the-clock AOG assistance at TAG Farnborough’s
ultra-modern and newly expanded facilities at Farnborough International Airport. The new AOG/LMF has doubled its maintenance hangar space to 70,000 square feet (6,500 sq. m.), including workshops and offices, to accommodate Bombardier operators and is also implementing a state-of-the-art Quantum Control™ operations management system to ensure rapid turnaround times.
“With our well trained staff and our advanced capabilities, we can conduct unscheduled repairs and warranty work very efficiently,” said Les Batty, engineering director, TAG Farnborough.
“The long-standing relationship between TAG Aviation and Bombardier is entering a whole new phase just as London Farnborough ranks as one of the world’s top business aviation destinations.”
Bombardier Learjet aircraft operators can now enjoy the convenience of line maintenance service and round-the-clock AOG assistance at Gold Air’s Biggin Hill Airport headquarters.
The new LMF is capable of accommodating up to four Learjet aircraft in its 4,000 square-foot
(372 sq. m) hangar.
“At Gold Air, aircraft maintenance is of paramount importance,” said Will Curtis, managing director. “We are one of the original Learjet 45 operators in Europe and our experienced technicians have serviced Learjet aircraft for over six years. We are delighted to now extend our expertise to other Learjet operators.”
Bombardier continues to expand its service presence worldwide with 28 strategically located independent Authorized Service Facilities (ASF). In England alone, Bombardier Challenger and Global business jet operators have access to ASF bases at Luton and Stansted airports, both in the vicinity of London, while Learjet operators can take advantage of an ASF facility in Manchester.
“Over the past two years, we’ve made a significant investment in our customer support systems and infrastructure to provide our operators with an industry-leading level of service.
This includes the opening of two new parts distribution centres, in Chicago and Frankfurt, as well as expanding our worldwide network of factory-owned service centres and ASFs,”
said Dave Orcutt, vice-president, customer support, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are pleased to continue broadening the number of maintenance options for our customers with the addition of these two new facilities in the U.K.”
Recent additions to the ASF network also include Landmark Aviation in Los Angeles and ExecuJet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both provide service for all three families of Bombardier business jets.
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