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Versace/TAG partner to ‘dress’ an Airbus ACJ

 - May 21, 2007, 6:20 PM

An Airbus A319 Corporate Jet (ACJ) will be getting a touch of Italian haute couture when Versace, in collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, designs its first business jet interior for a customer aircraft.

The alliance of one of the world’s best known design houses and a global aircraft services provider was formed in April 2006 and announced a few months later at the Farnborough Airshow. Today, it has its first client, the European private owner of a new ACJ bizliner.

The airplane will be delivered green to an unidentified independent completion center this year and is expected to go into service late next year with the Versace aircraft cabin.

Based on early design specs, the airplane will seat 16 in a four-compartment arrangement–salon, galley, office and stateroom with private lavatory. Executive seats will be embossed with the distinctive Versace Greek fret motif.

It is Versace, but customized to meet the customer’s needs, said Roberto Selva, director of Versace’s home collection division. “We are extending the Versace lifestyle into an aircraft cabin and have a team dedicated to this project.”

Putting it more simply, TAG Aircraft interiors managing director Bijan Khezai said, “Versace is composing the music, and TAG will be directing the symphony.”

He added that this ACJ interior is just the beginning of what both company’s expect to be a “long and productive alliance.”