Canada-based Bombardier is stepping up its links to Singapore’s support industries with a plan to open a new regional refurb center for its jets.

Simon Wayne, General manager at Bombardier’s existing Singapore Service Centre, tells Aviation Week that the firm has well-developed plans to open a new workshop “within months” that will offer “a very important regional facility to offer complete interior refurb capacity to regional customers.”

“We are very excited at the prospect of opening a one-stop shop [for interiors] in Singapore,” says Wayne. He adds that the new facility will call on existing close links with educational establishments like Singapore Polytechnic to assist in the development of specialist equipment to help with the installation process.

The company will offer full cabin fitouts on all its products across the Global, Challenger and Learjet range. It says it has a strong commitment to growing local talent, although finding suitably qualified staff in Singapore and the region is “always a challenge.”

Bombardier already employs 24 staff at its Seletar, Singapore MRO base and says it will bring in specialist expertise to create what it calls a world-class fit-out facility to the region.

“But with help from the links we have established to [establishments like] Singapore Polytechnic, we intend to use the learning they bring to push our service offering up to the next level,” he adds.