Flying Colours Corp., the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business is attending this year’s ABACE - Booth A639 - having confirmed renewal of its agreement with Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Service Centre at Seletar Airport to provide interior services at the OEM’s Singapore facility.
The renewed relationship between the two Canadian companies confirms that Flying Colours will continue delivering the full-service interiors offering, including preliminary inspections, repair work, modifications and refurbishments, to complement Bombardier’s comprehensive line and heavy maintenance services.
With the ratification of the agreement, Flying Colours Corp. is now developing its own expansion strategy in order to best align with Bombardier’s growth in Asia. Initial plans include extending the workshop area which will double the existing footprint, the addition of two more climate-controlled spray booths, and an increase in workforce capacity. With the new Bombardier facilities expected to be operational in 2020, Flying Colours Corp. is scheduling growth to meet the anticipated rise in demand at this time.
Rendering of Global Express refurbishment undertaken at the Flying Colours Corp. Singapore facility.
Flying Colours Corp. already works closely with the Bombardier Singapore team to conduct interiors refurbishments and repairs in parallel with maintenance work. Business demand is also being stimulated by the rise of pre-owned purchases in the Asian market, which can result in the need for small repair projects through to complete interior overhauls, a service Flying Colours Corp. supports at the Seletar site. The reduced downtime through provision of the high-quality interiors work conducted in the region is valued by owners and operators.
“Our interior workload is expected to rise with the addition of the larger MRO hangar, exterior paint facility, and workshops that Bombardier is adding. We’ve invested significantly in training, tooling and developing a state-of-the-art interiors facility to mirror the quality and skills available at our North American facilities. We are pleased to have extended our agreement for a further five years,” said Eric Gillespie, Executive VP Flying Colours Corp.
New Singapore General Manager
In further news, Flying Colours Corp. Asia PTE. Ltd., based at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, has a new General Manager to oversee its continued growth.
Too Hin Wee takes over from Paul Dunford who has been GM of Singapore since inception. Dunford has stepped up to the newly created position of Managing Director of International Operations. Hin Wee reports directly to Dunford whose role encompasses supporting the implementation of Flying Colours’ global strategy.
Too Hin Wee, new General Manager for Flying Colours Corp. Singapore facility.
As General Manager for Flying Colours Corp PTE., Singapore-born Hin Wee is responsible for providing overall leadership, overseeing daily operational standards, as well as determining vision and direction for the future.
With the expansion of the Bombardier Aerospace Seletar facility, and the subsequent announcement of the renewal of Flying Colours contract to provide interior services, Hin Wee will also be responsible for increasing the Singapore team numbers in alignment with the OEM’s growth.
Wee is well positioned to take up the role. He brings some twenty years of aviation technical and maintenance experience, extensive knowledge of Bombardier Challenger and Global programmes, and significant aviation project management experience to the business.
“We will be working with Bombardier for at least the next five years which means we have to grow our team and operational capacity. Hin Wee’s experience with Bombardier, the product and the customers makes him a valuable addition as we enter the next phase of expansion here in Asia,” said Eric Gillespie. “Asia has always been an important region for our company, and we are pleased to have developed a fantastic team here. With the planned facility expansion and the knowledge that many of the Bombardier fleet is coming up for 90- and 120-month checks, we anticipate we have a very busy time ahead and are confident that with Hin Wee at the helm we will continue to meet partner and customer expectations.”
Hin Wee adds, “It is an exciting time for business aviation in Asia as the sector continues to advance. I’m looking forward to working with the Flying Colours senior executive team to develop successful strategy, implement new efficiencies and execute our business objectives for the region.”
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 18th April 2019 | Issue #507
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