Bombardier is planning to set up a maintenance facility for commercial and business aircraft in Tianjin by 2016.

The Canadian manufacturer has signed a preliminary agreement with the airport authority to establish a joint venture MRO site at the Chinese hub. Pending the required approvals, the deal is to be confirmed in 2014, with operations due to begin two years later, says Bombardier.

The facility will support the airframer’s complete range of business jets and – "subject to certain conditions" – also regional types.

Bombardier adds that more than 100 of its business jets and 40 of its regional aircraft are operating in China.

Aside from three regional support offices in China and Singapore, the airframer has spare-part warehouses in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Source: Cirium Dashboard