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On the stage for the official opening ceremony of the Bombardier Aviation Service Centre on 18th May are (left to right) – Andrew Walters, Chairman, London Biggin Hill Airport;
Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President & General Manager, Bombardier Business Aircraft;
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent; Cllr Kathy Bance, Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley; Mike Ainsworth, General Manager, Bombardier London Service Centre.

Bombardier created a significant sense of occasion for the inauguration of their new state-of-the-art Service Centre in a 52,000 sq ft hangar at Biggin Hill Airport this week.   In the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, an ambitious launch ceremony for the new facility was expertly presented by the Canadian company to almost 200 trade and industry, civic and local guests, pronouncing the Centre operational and now open for business.

Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier’s Vice-President & General Manager, said that Biggin Hill is now a strategic location for business aviation operators.

“We are committed to a long-term relationship with Biggin Hill Airport to develop a world-class aviation hub serving as a catalyst for business aviation growth in the region.  We are extremely proud to inaugurate our new facility during the airport’s 100-year anniversary celebration, making this an even more memorable milestone for Bombardier” he said.

Airport Chairman Andrew Walters thanked the local community for their support for the vision of companies like Bombardier bringing jobs and apprenticeships for local people, even it meant longer hours.

”Local people said that they wanted the good high-tech modern jobs for their sons and daughters near to where they are growing up.  So, a huge thanks to all in the local community who supported our plans and we are certain that we and Bombardier will repay that faith and deliver those jobs” he said.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent performed the official opening ceremony by unveiling a brass plaque in the hangar.

“Bombardier is active in 40 countries across the world, including Great Britain.  As the leading manufacturer of trains and planes, their presence at Biggin Hill is hugely welcome and will contribute significantly to the advancement of the planned Strategic Outer London Development Centre” Prince Michael said.

The new engineering facility has already received certification from the UK Civil Aviation Authority for maintenance of Learjet 70 and 75, Challenger 300, 350 and 600 series and Global Express 5000 and 6000.  The facility is fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications and avionic installations on all these aircraft.   When the planned manpower resource is at full strength, the facility will be working a 24 hour day, seven days a week.

Issued by Biggin Hill Airport Ltd –
Media contact is Simon Ames – Head of Communications – M: 07785 745857