Flying Colours Flying High on Challenger 850 Contracts
Flying Colours, a Canadian independent completion and refurbishment center, is knee-deep in cabin finish work on Challenger 850s and conversions of CRJ200 regional jets to executive use. The Peterborough, Ontario-based center delivered its first Challenger 850 completion under contract to Bombardier in December 2009, has another six in various stages of cabin finish work and is awaiting arrival of an eighth aircraft.
In the meantime, Flying Colours is also busily reconfiguring CRJ200s to executive configuration. “We’ve already delivered seven of the converted CRJ200s, two of them under our own ExecLiner brand,” said director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie. Others were done for aircraft brokers who purchase the aircraft and have them completed by Flying Colours on behalf of customers.
Most of the Challenger 850 completions and ExecLiners are being finished at the Peterborough, Ontario facility. A smaller number are being done at Flying Colours’ JetCorp subsidiary in St. Louis. While most of the Challenger 850 work is being done under contract with Bombardier on behalf of the owner, some have been bought green from Bombardier and the owners have dealt directly with Flying Colours for cabin finish work. The time required for a green completion or reconfiguration is the same–from eight to 10 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
Gillespie said Peterborough Airport is in the midst of a major runway extension and infrastructure upgrade. When the dust begins to settle, Flying Colours will start work “toward the end of the first quarter of 2011” on a new interior completion and paint facility to complement the existing shops.