Abu Dhabi Airports signs with Bombardier to create first purpose-built service hub for business aircraft in the UAE

Published: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Abu Dhabi, UAE—Abu Dhabi Airports announced the official ground-breaking of Bombardier’s new service centre at the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) as it sees business aviation as a strategically important facet that’s growing rapidly in the region’s aviation ecosystem.

The development of the new Bombardier MRO at Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of several key investments Abu Dhabi Airports is supporting with the ultimate goal of establishing Abu Dhabi as an active and dynamic business aviation hub.

This represents Bombardier’s first full-service facility in the UAE and builds on its long-term commitment to their customers in this critical market. At full capacity, the new OEM operated service facility (Original Equipment Manufacturer) will also add more than 100 aerospace jobs in the community, cementing Bombardier’s presence in the capital of the UAE. The new facility is targeted to open in 2025 and, once fully operational, should help Bombardier continue to expand and grow its aftermarket revenues beyond 2025.

Bombardier’s new Abu Dhabi Service Centre will feature a hangar, comprehensive parts depot and a complete suite of maintenance services including scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, aircraft modifications, paint modification, aircraft on ground (AOG) capabilities, and aircraft parking services.

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, commenting on this major business aviation announcement said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to welcome Bombardier to the UAE, home to its first full-service facility in the region. Located at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the world, we have no doubt that Bombardier’s global aviation leadership, experience, and expertise will be a catalyst for invaluable service delivery and excellence, upon the facility’s official unveiling. We look forward to supporting Bombardier in the years ahead to witness the company’s contributions to business travel in the UAE and the region as well as the aviation sector and economy. The presence of Bombardier underlines Abu Dhabi Airports commitment to general aviation and is a major step forward to make Abu Dhabi the hub for general aviation in the region.”

The new facility will also have the capacity to fit up to four Global 7500 aircraft – and will be able to service the new Bombardier flagship of a new era, the Global 8000, when it enters service in 2025. The facility provides the ultimate maintenance solution for the region and worldwide customers of Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft families.

“The Middle East is an important market for Bombardier with close to 150 aircraft, and we are pleased to be establishing a highly efficient facility in the UAE for our customers in the market – and for those visiting from around the world,” said Eric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “Abu Dhabi is a dynamic financial hub for business and commerce in the UAE, and this service facility will provide significant benefits, quick aircraft turnarounds, and OEM peace of mind to our growing customer base. We are also thrilled to be providing new, high-paying aerospace jobs in the community.”

The establishment of the new Bombardier MRO facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport illustrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ vision of creating and developing a world-class business aviation hub in Abu Dhabi.  As the premium Business Aviation OEM in the industry – Bombardier is the perfect partner for Abu Dhabi Airports as it seeks to position itself as a key player in this dynamic and growing market.