PATS Highlights Two New VVIP BBJ Completion Projects At ABACE
Completions, refurbishment and auxiliary fuel tank provider PATS Aircraft Systems of Delaware (Booth H412) announced here at ABACE 2014 the redelivery of a BBJ2 to the Government of Indonesia for presidential transport, and the contract award of a VVIP interior completion on a new BBJ2 for an Asia Pacific customer.
The aircraft interior for Indonesia marks the 15th completion performed by the company. Configured to hold up to 67 passengers, the aircraft is the first of any BBJ model to incorporate the Boeing Sky interior. The project, which required 18 months, was certified through PATS’ on‐site Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The newly awarded BBJ2 completion project, for a private buyer, will feature a highly customized VVIP interior that John Eichten, PATS’ senior v-p of sales, said will make the aircraft “among the most elegant and well-equipped in operation once delivered.” While declining to name the customer, Eichten said, “He values the experience, capability, quality and dedicated project focus he will receive at PATS.” The green BBJ is scheduled for delivery in October with completion anticipated toward the latter part of 2015.
PATS also announced here that it has received the Diamond Award of Excellence from the FAA for the fourth consecutive year, bestowed in recognition of the company’s commitment to aviation safety through maintenance technician training.
In addition to VIP interior completions of executive airliners, PATS supplies Auxiliary Fuel Systems (AFS), including all those on green BBJs, that can increase aircraft range by up to 50 percent. PATS’ ODA and Engineering Services are also available to support design and certification requirements of each in‐house project or additional project work on behalf of its customers.