Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, Texas, recently delivered its first airplane and is gearing up for a long-haul bizliner that arrives in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment.
“We had our first airplane in over the summer,” said Aeria general manager Ron Soret. “The launch of Aeria Luxury was at the Singapore Air Show in February and just a few months later we took on our first job–a BBJ for light maintenance and installation of a new inflight entertainment package.”
The parent company has allocated 100,000 sq ft at its San Antonio International Airport facilities to Aeria Luxury and Aeria is now hiring “a lot more people,” including installers, upholsterers and sheet metal workers for the coming wide-body project. And with “a half-dozen quotes out,” ranging from green airplane completion to major refurbishment, more growth is expected.