Miami On The Rise

While Miami is known for its glamour and often ostentatious joie de vivre, it is only in the past few years that it’s been known as a private jet hub. Given the industry trends that are leaning towards bigger and faster aircraft, Miami Opa-locka Airport is following suit.

Bombardier announced plans for a new $100 million maintenance facility at the airport on Wednesday. The 300,000 sq ft operation is predicted to be one of the busiest in the global network of Bombardier repair plants. Bombardier hopes to feed the growing demand for larger jets by the ultra wealthy.

Image: Bombardier

A rendering of the planned Bombardier facility. Image: Bombardier

Bombardier has an existing facility in Fort Lauderdale that has seen considerable increase in demand. The move to Miami Opa-locka is expected to develop over 150 jobs in Miami-Dade county. With that in mind, the county wants to give the Canadian manufacturer $5 million to subsidize the project. It is unknown if those funds have been finalized, but Bombardier is reportedly already moving forward with the development, with ambitious plans to complete the facility by 2020.

By building new hangars and maintenance facilities from scratch, Bombardier hopes to anticipate the increasing demand for heavy jets by designing bigger hangars to accommodate them. Of the nine existing maintenance facilities around the world, this will be the largest yet.

Image: Bombardier

Image: Bombardier

While Bombardier made its mark with efficient 6-8 person jets such as various Learjet models, many of the latest models can seat almost 20 people. Indeed the glamorous Global 7500 (that recently received certification) is considered a darling among aviation enthusiasts.

PrivateFly will monitor the progress of this development closely. We hope this project offers flyers more connectivity and better service.

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