Associated Air Center (AAC) of Tempe, Ariz., has been awarded a contract for the custom interior completion of a Boeing 787-8 BBJ, and staffing, training and infrastructure development are under way in preparation for the project. AAC expects delivery of the green aircraft from Boeing by this summer, and AAC’s in-house design is now undergoing a full review. The contract, signed in late December, capped months of discussions and work with Boeing engineers.
The 787’s composite structure requires special training, unique tooling and state-of-the-art design considerations for interior work. Jack Lawless, AAC’s CEO, calls the project “a game changer in the world of custom interior completions,” saying, “Not only is this a major milestone for AAC, it represents a monumental leap forward for the entire custom interiors completions industry, as this aircraft is unlike any other in the world.”
Work will be performed at parent company StandardAero’s transport-category VIP completion center in Dallas. “The AAC team has a long and proven history on several Boeing platforms,” said Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor. “We look forward to working with AAC in support of its first 787 BBJ interior completion.”
The 787-8 offers 2,404 sq ft (223.3 sq m) of cabin floor area and a range of 9,590 nm. AAC did not disclose the identity of the aircraft owner or the project cost.