A General Electric spokesman confirmed the sale of its Garrett Santa Barbara completion center to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based facility delivered the second of two Boeing Business Jet completions this year and has a contract with Bombardier for a series of Global Express completions.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
Divergent conditions in the regional airline business and the business jet realm have conspired to create a potential boon for completion companies involved in converting Bombardier CRJs into executive transports.
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is here showing a mockup of an AW101 cabin in a luxury layout, probably the ultimate for a VVIP helicopter, as it is the heaviest civil helicopter available in the Western world. “This is just one of the possible layouts in such a roomy cabin,” an AgustaWestland spokesman told EBACE Convention News.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261), already a force in the narrow- and widebody completion and refurbishment industry, has just taken on what may be its biggest challenge to date–the executive/VIP outfitting of a head-of-state Boeing 777-200. The San Antonio, Texas-based company had previously done a 767 interior for the same central Asian customer and is working on the client’s Boeing 737-700 cabin.
TAG Aircraft Interiors has reached an agreement with B/E Aerospace to offer a haute couture line of designer seats and divans for a variety of large and mid-size business jets. The line will be offered exclusively as part of cabin interiors produced by the partnership of TAG-AI (Booth No. 923) and Gianni Versace of Milan.
London-based aviation services provider Ocean Sky (Booth No. 237) is expanding its profile on a variety of fronts, not the least of which is a major role in the upcoming James Bond thriller “Quantum of Solace,” scheduled to open in theaters this October.
“Wake up, smell the coffee: the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) has arrived!” is the message from BAe Systems Regional Aircraft and two new partners announced here yesterday. As reported in Tuesday’s EBACE Convention News, the UK manufacturer has teamed with maintenance and cabin-interiors specialists to provide a one-stop shop for prospective customers looking for a large-capacity corporate jet.
Lufthansa Technik is juggling a schedule that has interior completion and refurbishment projects rolling in and out of its Hamburg facilities with a frequency that threatens to wear out the hangar doors.
Midcoast Aviation (Booth No. 1147) has been granted an STC approval to install CMC Electronics PilotView electronic flight bag systems (EFB) on the Bombardier Challenger series business jet, the first Class 2 EFB system approval for Challenger system aircraft.
With the February cash acquisition of Premier Air Center, CompletionAir’s founders and three unidentified investors have captured a major piece of the business aviation market at St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN) in East Alton, Ill.