Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier has broken ground on its new service centre at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the UAE.

Bombardier’s new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility will cover nearly 100,000ft², offering services for all Bombardier business aeroplanes, operator Abu Dhabi Airports noted.

Abu Dhabi Airports managing director and CEO Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to welcome Bombardier to Abu Dhabi and the UAE, home to its first full-service facility in the UAE.

“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 MRO facility will comprise a large hangar, comprehensive parts depot and a full range of maintenance services such as scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, aircraft on-ground (AOG) capabilities and aircraft parking services.

It will service Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft families, with the capacity to accommodate up to four Global 7500 aircraft and the ability to service the Global 8000 aircraft.

The new facility is planned to open in 2025 and is expected to help the company increase its aftermarket revenues.

Once fully operational, the facility is expected to create more than 100 aerospace jobs.

Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel said: “The Middle East is an important market for Bombardier with more than 150 aircraft, and we are pleased to be establishing a highly efficient facility in the UAE for our customers in the market – and those visiting from around the world.

“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.”