Bombardier Business Aircraft has opened a service centre in Tianjin, China to support its growing business jet fleet in the region.

The airframer's partner in the venture is the Tianjin Airport Economic Area (TAEA), and the facility was officially opened on 7 April, says Bombardier in a statement.

The MRO centre includes a hangar, offices, and shop areas.

"We are thrilled to bring the expertise of our worldwide service network to support our customers in the region. This major investment, made in collaboration with TAEA, demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to strengthen its presence in China, as well as its confidence in the future of the aviation industry in the region," says Jean-Christophe Galagher, vice president and general manager, customer experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Zhao Xuesen, vice president of the TAEA, says there were 1,529 business jet movements at Tianjin airport in 2016, up 17.4% from a year earlier.

The new service centre has Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification for Bombardiers Global series, as well as the Challenger 604, 605, and 850.

It can perform 96-month inspections on the Challenger 600 series, and 120-month inspections on Global aircraft.

“The opening of the Tianjin Service Centre demonstrates Bombardier’s priority to bring top maintenance services to our Chinese customers, and ensure faster access to support, closer to their base of operations,” says Lanny Schindelmeiser, general manager, Bombardier Tianjin Aviation Services.

“Our technicians have been trained through a comprehensive program to deliver the value-added experience Bombardier provides throughout its worldwide network.”

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that there are 57 Bombardier business jets in service in China, with 23 on order.