Bombardier, a Canadian business jet manufacturer, has opened its new service centre in the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, US.

The new 300,000ft² facility will quadruple Bombardier’s existing hangar space in Florida, and serve as a key hub for its business aircraft customers in the US and Latin America.

Miami-Dade Aviation Department director and CEO Ralph Cutié said: “Congratulations to Bombardier on the successful completion of its newest service centre, which has brought hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in private investment to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and Miami-Dade County.

“We are extremely proud to now be home to one of Bombardier’s service centres worldwide and a hub for its customers in the US and Latin America.”

Bombardier’s new facility is capable of providing maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to all its business aircraft.

The expanded hangar at the service centre will have the space to accommodate 18 of Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft.

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At its full capacity, the Miami-Opa Locka Service Centre is expected to create nearly 300 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 225 technicians.

Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel said: “The US is an important market for Bombardier with close to 3,000 aircraft in our fleet, and this highly-efficient facility provides a key focal point for customers based in the area, and those who will visit from as far as Latin America.

“Bombardier began this year by naming Wichita as our new headquarters in the US, and I am delighted to highlight this inauguration that significantly grows our footprint and employment base in Florida.”

In June this year, Bombardier opened its newly transformed Singapore Service Centre, which is said to be its largest aviation maintenance facility in the Asia Pacific.