Green Bombardiers Prompt Interiors Ramp-up at Midcoast

 - September 14, 2006, 10:53 AM

Midcoast Aviation, which has done green Challenger 604 completions for years, is ramping up its capabilities as the Canadian manufacturer sends more of its business jets to the Cahokia, Ill. independent center for more highly customized interior work.

Midcoast has taken delivery of the first of eight green Bombardier Challenger 850s, business jet derivatives of the CRJ200 regional jet. It is the first of 41 high-end Bombardier interiors most recently assigned to Midcoast for cabin completion over the next three years. They include 18 new Challenger 605s and 15 Global 5000s. As a result of that and earlier agreements with Bombardier to do its more highly customized interiors, said president Kurt Sutterer, “Midcoast is experiencing skyrocketing growth.”

The center is concluding interiors on the last of Bombardier’s Challenger 604 production run. In addition to working on the Challenger 605 and Global 5000, Midcoast is also one of Bombardier’s completion centers of choice for Global XRS interiors.

According to a spokesman for Midcoast, the company expected its completions business this fiscal year (ending June 30) to be double that of the previous fiscal year. The company has completed 62 green Bombardier aircraft in its 35-year history and expects to take in or completely finish that many–including previously assigned aircraft and the most recent agreement–over the next three years.