Bombardier opens new CRJ and Q Series heavy maintenance base in Tucson

Bombardier Aerospace today officially opened a heavy maintenance facility for CRJ* and Q Series* aircraft in Tucson, Arizona. Bombardier Regional Aircraft Services – Tucson is modeled after Bombardier’s other heavy maintenance facility, West Virginia Air Center (WVAC) at Bridgeport, West Virginia, and uses the same systems and processes that have earned WVAC several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards for excellence.

Aimed primarily at U.S.-based regional airline operators, the 131,000-square-foot (3 710 sq. m.) building can handle as many as 10 regional aircraft at one time. The facility is a Federal Aviation Administration Part 145 Certified Repair Station. The first aircraft into the facility was a Bombardier CRJ900* operated by Mesa Air Group.

The Bombardier Regional Aircraft Services – Tucson facility is located at the Tucson International Airport, on the site of the Bombardier business aircraft completion center. The facility offers heavy maintenance and modifications, structural repairs, component repair and overhaul, avionics, fabrication, welding, non-destructive testing and a machine shop.

“We are supporting our Bombardier CRJ and Q Series operators, primarily those in the western U.S., by providing additional heavy maintenance capacity in Tucson,” said Jeff Mihalic, Vice-President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft. “We offer the lowest maintenance span time, meaning more aircraft availability for revenue service, and at a predictable and lower total cost.

“Our span time performance – the amount of time the airplane is down for heavy maintenance – is unmatched over the long term,” Mr. Mihalic explained. “Over a 10-year period, for example, a CRJ200 will require 2,000 fewer maintenance manhours than its competitor, resulting in an additional 40 days of flying time, earning revenue.

“Our fixed price and guaranteed span time motivate us to contain non-routine task manhours, and prevent unnecessary increases to the scope of work keeping us aligned with customer expectations,” Mr. Mihalic said.

Bombardier Regional Aircraft Services – Tucson facility begins operations with 58 employees. Employment is expected to reach 300 technicians when the facility reaches full capacity.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004, were $21.3 billion Cdn and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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