Swiss aircraft services company Jet Aviation claims to have won the first contract for cabin completion of Boeing’s new 747-8. The Basel-based center’s in-house interior design studio was retained to design the cabin interior.
The 747 upgrade derivative, owned by a Middle East client, is expected to arrive in Basel for outfitting early next year. That is, assuming no further delays in the program. Jet Aviation is concerned that any more delays might require completion slot and capacity rescheduling. The outfitting is expected to require approximately 24 months.
According to Jet Aviation, it will also be the first widebody aircraft in which Catia and Smarteam, a 3-D design software package, will be used for engineering, production and data management requirements.
Jet Aviation will also build a full-size mockup to allow the client a one-to-one view of the cabin interior during the final stages before the design is frozen.