EBACE Convention News

Andrew Winch Tapped For First VIP 787-9 Interior At EBACE

 - May 21, 2014, 6:35 AM

Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), announced here at EBACE 2014 the company has sold its first VIP 787-9 Dreamliner, and the undisclosed customer has chosen London’s Andrew Winch Designs (AWD) and EH Aviation Advisors to handle the completion. Taylor noted that AWD has handled interior design for several BBJs. “This is going to be spectacular,” he said as he showed renderings of an interior scheme from AWD at the BBJ press conference. (Renderings of the client’s selected interior were not displayed as per AWD’s confidentiality policies.)

Founded in 1988, AWD is noted for its yacht designs but established an aviation department 12 years ago in response to a client’s request to design the interior of his new BBJ2, Winch told AIN.

AWD’s Jim Dixon will head the 787-9 design team. EH Aviation Advisors of Basel will be responsible for design integration, ensuring the interior plans are “buildable, reliable and maintainable,” Taylor said.

Selection of the completion center is “still in development,” Winch said. No timetable has been set for delivery of the completion, but given the trust clients place in him and his drive for perfection, it could be several years. A VIP A340 the firm designed took four years to complete. As for the cost of such an interior, “All I can say is, it’s significant,” Winch said. “Each of our projects is designed to our client’s specific tastes and lifestyles, individually tailored, as if a bespoke Saville Row suit.”

The 787 project had its genesis “years ago,” according to Winch, soon after Boeing announced the 787 Dreamliner. “As a company of dreamers, you can’t do better than the Dreamliner,” he said.

Also here at the show, Andrew Winch and Foglizzo Leather (Booth 5123) of Torino, Italy introduced the Andrew Winch Collection of leathers, which the two companies developed in partnership. “We have worked with (AWD) on yacht projects, and airplane projects, so we thought, why don’t we do something more together?” said Marco Foglizzo.” The collection features a variety of leather colors and grains, and they are available to architectural firms and designers for use in their projects.