- December 2, 2008, 11:00 AM
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft last week announced that its London Stansted airport-based partner, Inflite Engineering, completed the first conversion in the Avro Business Jet program–an Avro RJ70 fitted with a Design Q interior. The aircraft was delivered in mid-November. It was bought and is now operated by Bulgaria Air on behalf of its parent company, Varna-based TIM. The main cabin features two club-four arrangements, two articulated armchairs and a curved sofa opposite the entertainment system. The latter is said to be the world’s first engineering installation of a Bang & Olufsen suite into an aircraft. BAE Systems claimed such a converted aircraft can be obtained “at a fraction of the cost and timescale of new production aircraft.” The Avro Business Jet program targets Avro RJ and BAE 146 regional jets. When BAE Systems announced the partnership with UK-based design consultancy Design Q and maintenance specialist Inflite Engineering in May, the delivery was pegged for September.