Released on Thursday, April 9, 2009
SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance Becomes Bombardier's Second Recognized Service Facility for Dash 8/Q-Series Aircraft in Europe
Bombardier Aerospace announces today that SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance B.V. has been selected as a Recognized Service Facility (RSF) for the Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft. Located at Maastricht Airport in Beek, the Netherlands, SAMCO will service aircraft based in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Under an RSF agreement, SAMCO is recognized by Bombardier as a quality service provider for "C" checks and other heavy maintenance on all Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft. The company can also perform aircraft modifications and upgrades on Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft.
The Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft, including the Q400 airliner, are flown extensively throughout the region with over 300 in service or on firm order from operators in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
"Accrediting SAMCO as a Bombardier RSF assures potential customers that the company has met Bombardier's expectations for quality service and customer attention," said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services and Support, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The combination of SAMCO's advanced maintenance facilities and highly professional personnel will provide exceptional and cost-effective maintenance services to the Dash 8/Q-Series customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East."
SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance is Bombardier's third RSF in Europe, joining Adria Airways of Slovenia and Flybe of England. Adria Airways services CRJ Series aircraft while Flybe services Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft continues to expand its international presence, with over 70 per cent of its Dash 8/Q-Series operators based outside of North America. This latest announcement follows Bombardier's RSF accreditation in Oceania to Hawker Pacific for Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft and in Asia to STAECO of Jinan, People's Republic of China for CRJ Series aircraft.
In North America, Bombardier provides heavy maintenance for CRJ Series aircraft at West Virginia Air Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Tucson Air Center, Arizona. Bombardier also provides line maintenance for CRJ Series aircraft at Ronald Reagan Washington National, D.C.