Bombardier Inaugurates New MRO Facility In The UK

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has inaugurated its expanded maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at London Biggin Hill Airport. The newly enhanced London Biggin Hill Service Centre is now almost 250,000 square feet in size, making it the largest business jet MRO facility in the UK.

The new hangar has increased the number of service bays from eight to 22, meaning that up to 14 of the manufacturer’s Global series aircraft, such as the Global 5500 and the Global 7500, can be accommodated at any one time. The facility is now capable of providing customers with a wide range of heavy maintenance services, and also includes a wheel and battery shop and a paint shop.


Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill Service Centre is the largest tenant at the airport, and will welcome the manufacturer’s newest Global 8000 business aircraft when it enters into service in 2025. The launch customer for what will be the world’s fastest business jet was recently confirmed as NetJets.

Photo: Bombardier

Executive vice president of services, support, and corporate strategy at Bombardier, Jean-Christophe Gallagher, highlighted the importance of the expanded facility to the manufacturer, saying,

“With the expansion of the London Biggin Hill Service Centre, we are taking another step in showcasing our unwavering commitment to our European customers with industry-leading services on a global scale – OEM expertise that customers demand and expect from Bombardier. The European market is a very important one for Bombardier and this expansion perfectly underscores our ongoing commitment to the region, allowing us to be closer to our customers and offering them even more world-class services and support.”

London Biggin Hill Airport

Formerly a UK Royal Air Force (RAF) station, London Biggin Hill Airport is today one of the busiest business aviation airports in the country. Bombardier has been key in the airport’s development, collaborating on supply chain activities and boosting local employment. The airport does not have any scheduled commercial services, focusing instead on private and business aviation.

London Biggin Hill Airport’s commercial director, Robert Walters, also celebrated its ongoing collaboration with Bombardier, saying,

“London Biggin Hill Airport is in a strategic location for business aviation operators – and we are thrilled that Bombardier is committed to its long-term relationship here. Bombardier has been a tremendous collaborator and we will continue to work closely together as a leading centre for aviation technology and innovation and as a catalyst for business aviation growth in the region.”

London Biggin Hill Service Centre

Photo: Bombardier

Built with sustainability in mind

Like its larger aircraft manufacturing rivals Airbus and Boeing, Bombardier is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Sustainability has been considered at all stages of development of its expanded London Biggin Hill Service Centre, with key features include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and solar panels.

Bombardier Global 8000

Photo: Bombardier

Bombardier’s headquarters are located at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), with several international facilities located worldwide. The manufacturer recently inaugurated new facilities in Miami, Melbourne, and Singapore, all of which also make use of state-of-the-art sustainable technologies.

Have you flown through London Biggin Hill Airport? What impact do you think the expanded Bombardier MRO facility will have on the airport? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.

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