Federal and local officials joined Bombardier to inaugurate the company’s new Miami-Opa Locka Service Center at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport (OPF). At full capacity, the new service center plans to add close to 300 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 225 highly skilled technicians.
The 300,000-square-foot facility – the company’s largest in North America – will more than quadruple Bombardier’s current maintenance footprint in Florida and allow the company to transfer its service center operations from Fort Lauderdale to the new one-of-a-kind customer service center at OPF, located close to Miami’s business district.
“The U.S. is an important market for Bombardier with close to 3,000 aircraft in our fleet, and this highly efficient facility provides a key focal point for customers based in the area, and those who will visit from as far as Latin America. Bombardier began this year by naming Wichita as our new headquarters in the U.S, and I am delighted to highlight this inauguration that significantly grows our footprint and employment base in Florida. Miami is a vibrant, international hub of business and commerce and we can’t wait to welcome our customers to our new facility and see our employees continue to thrive and grow,” said Eric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier.
The new facility is fully equipped to perform extensive and complete full-service scheduled and unscheduled heavy maintenance, paint enhancement services, aircraft modifications, avionics installations, and Aircraft on Ground Support (AOG) for Bombardier’s business aircraft fleet of Learjet, Challenger, and Globalaircraft. The expanded hangar at the service center is also capable of holding an impressive 18 Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft under one roof.
“Congratulations to Bombardier on the successful completion of its newest service center, which has brought hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in private investment to Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport and Miami-Dade County. We are extremely proud to now be home to one of Bombardier’s 10 service centers worldwide and a hub for its customers in the U.S. and Latin America.” commented Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
The facility also features the major sculptural installation JANUS PORTAL by Miami-based artist Troy Simmons, in partnership with Bombardier and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. Simmons’ massive 22-foot concrete, aluminum, and steel sculpture was inspired by his 2018 sculpture VORTEX. The works share similarities through the mediums used, the distinct aluminum extrusions defining the interiors of each piece and exhibiting the artist’s perennial interests in brutalist form and organic design. JANUS PORTAL greatly expands the scale of VORTEX and takes additional inspiration from the architecture of Bombardier’s service center, designed by the architecture firm Jacobs.
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, focused on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets. Bombardier’s Challenger and Global aircraft families are renowned for their cutting-edge innovation, cabin design, performance, and reliability. Bombardier has a worldwide fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments, and private individuals. Bombardier aircraft are also trusted around the world in special-mission roles.