With Bombardier Business Aircraft’s introduction into service of the Global 7500, the Canadian airframer and Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) have put in place options to support servicing of the flagship jet in Europe, the companies announced today. Bombardier has certified seven line maintenance stations for the 7500, while LBAS has received EASA Part 145 approval for line maintenance on the aircraft at its Berlin Schoenefeld facility. The moves follow delivery earlier this year of the first of Bombardier’s ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets in the region.
Bombardier’s certified stations are in Paris, Nice, and Cannes, France; Luton, UK; Linz, Austria; and Olbia and Linate, Italy. They are now qualified to perform standard scheduled line maintenance, and unscheduled and AOG maintenance support on the 7500, Bombardier said.
The stations are part of Bombardier’s maintenance support network in the region that includes its mobile response team, as well as its London Biggin Hill service center, which is able to perform tip-to-tail heavy maintenance on the aircraft.
In addition to performing line maintenance at Berlin Schoenefeld, the EASA approval also permits LBAS to offer AOG services to the aircraft type at any of its locations worldwide. “In the near future we will be able to offer the complete range of line and base maintenance services for this aircraft type,” said LBAS CEO Sascha Leitner. “Our hangar in Berlin Schoenefeld has already four maintenance bays capable of receiving the Global 7500. Furthermore, our NDT, batteries, and wheels shops are prepared to handle the extra requests.”
LBAS is partly owned by Bombardier and services the airframer’s Global, Challenger, and Learjet lines.