Bombardier has announced the opening of its expanded Singapore service centre at Seletar Aerospace Park. The footprint of the service centre has more than quadrupled from 70,000ft² (6,500m²) to approximately 290,000ft² (27,000m²).
The facility originally opened in 2014. The expansion brings enhanced service capabilities for Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft operators. The facility will also accommodate the newly launched Global 8000 when it enters service in 2025.
The expansion introduces new customer facilities for business jet operators, including a full-service, environmentally controlled paint facility, advanced interior finishing capabilities, with key support functions, such as engineering, sales and customer support and an expanded portfolio of component, repair and overhaul (CR&O) services. This also includes the option for Global aircraft customers to lease BR710 engines from Rolls Royce stored on site.
The expansion also adds new heavy structural and composite repair capabilities as well as an integrated parts depot that will serve the site and the region, adding more than US$15m in additional parts inventory. The expanded Singapore service centre is expected to support more than 2,000 business jet visits annually.
“With this major expansion, the Singapore service centre will provide infinite benefits, including quicker aircraft turnarounds, greater convenience and peace of mind to Bombardier’s growing customer base in Asia,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, executive vice president, services and support, and corporate strategy, Bombardier. “Customers can also enjoy access to the complete range of OEM customer service and support at their doorstep. This is truly a special day for Bombardier and our growing aftermarket network.”
Bombardier has installed solar panels on the facility’s roofs as well as its car park structures to reduce energy consumption, which translates to 15% of the site’s annual electricity demand. Other important green initiatives include the use of building management systems, insulation, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and automated water reticulation for improved water conservation and enhanced energy efficiency.
The building design achieved Singapore’s Green Mark Gold and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver LEED Green Building certifications.
Bombardier has also received its first batch of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from its partner, Shell Aviation, offering business aviation operators this fuel option at Seletar Airport.
This expansion also highlights the addition of Jetex’s FBO and ground handling system at the facility.
The Singapore service centre currently employs more than 200 staff, including more than 160 licensed engineers and technicians and is in the process of adding more than 50 additional staff. Bombardier also recently introduced a new apprenticeship programme in Singapore to ensure a strong grassroots aerospace pipeline is firmly in place, training the engineering professionals of tomorrow.