Since the first Boeing Business Jet entered the PATS Aircraft completion center in September 2001, the company has rolled out five finished BBJs. The company delivered the latest, for a South American head of state, last month.
Four of the five BBJ interiors by the Georgetown, Del.-based company were head-of-state aircraft, a fact that should come as no surprise, according to Dominick Scott, v-p of quality and procurement. “Personal attention is a major part of our business model,” said Scott. “And the cabin is a very personal symbol of the owner, especially if it’s the symbol of a country.”
PATS’ business model also maintains a tight focus on green BBJ completion work and refurbishment. “We’ve gone from one BBJ to the next since we started,” said Bill Hubbard, v-p of marketing, sales and contracts. “We’re right now doing a cabin refurbishment on the BBJ that belongs to our first customer, and we have a corporate-owned BBJ coming in early next year.”
PATS generally does one BBJ at a time. While there may occasionally be two jobs in progress at one time, it rarely creates a problem because the various skills required at different stages do not overlap.
Scott said business has been good this year and he predicts that will continue through 2008. He added that at this point, PATS is contracted through next year, “and we are hiring.”