Bombardier plans $30m investment in the Asia-Pacific region

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Bombardier Aerospace is planning to invest $30 million to support the growing fleet of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, following the rapid growth witnessed by the continent's aviation market in recent years.

The manufacturer's move is the first phase of its plan to build a comprehensive service and support network for the Asia-Pacific region. The company also plans to centre its network in China by building a parts depot in Greater China by the end of this year, supported by satellite support facilities throughout the region. This model will be one of three "hub and spoke" service and support zones established worldwide. This depot will complement Bombardier's existing depots located in Narita, Japan; Beijing, China; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore.

James Hoblyn, president, customer services and specialised and amphibious aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace, says: "Bombardier has long recognised the importance of developing a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region. We expect our fleet of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft to grow significantly over the next five years, and we want to be certain that we provide the highest level of support to our customers."

Bombardier also plans to open a business aircraft regional support office in Hong Kong by the end of 2011 to complement its business aircraft sales office in the region.