Associated Air Center (AAC) of Tempe, Arizona, has been awarded a contract for the custom interior completion of a Boeing 787-8 BBJ aircraft, and staffing, training and infrastructure development are under way in preparation for the project, the completion company announced. Delivery of the green aircraft from Boeing is expected in mid-2014, and full interior design review is currently under way. Designed by AAC’s in-house design department, the team used the new Boeing 787 generous cabin periphery as inspiration in creating a comfortable and modern environment.
The contract, signed in late December, capped months of discussions and work with Boeing engineers; the 787’s composite structure requires special training, unique tooling and state-of-the-art design considerations for interior work. Jack Lawless, AAC’s CEO, calls the project “a game changer in the world of custom interior completions,” saying, “Not only is this a major milestone for AAC, it represents a monumental leap forward for the entire custom interiors completions industry, as this aircraft is unlike any other in the world.”
Work will be performed at parent company StandardAero’s (Stand T91) Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas. “The AAC team has a long and proven history on several Boeing platforms,” said Capt. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets. “We look forward to working with AAC in support of their first 787 BBJ interior completion.”
The VIP-configured 787-8 offers 2,404 sq ft (223.3 sq m) of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nm (17,760 km). AAC didn’t disclose the aircraft owner or project cost.