UK interior shop boosts profile
While Farnborough Aircraft Interiors (Booth No. 824) has been in business since 1986, the company has maintained a somewhat quiet, though successful, existence. But that is changing, said Stewart Macrae, director and son of founder Hugh Macrae.
“We want people to know we’re here, that we have skill and experience and that we do an excellent job on any aspect of cabin refurbishment, from upholstery and cabinetry to installation,” he explained.
In addition to an exhibit at EBACE and the NBAA convention this fall, the UK company also has introduced a new and updated Web site designed to familiarize viewers with the experience and skills of the seven-man shop, as well as to provide visual samples of its workmanship.
A move into a new 7,500-sq-ft facility on the London-area Farnborough Airport facilities last year was the first step in expanding the company’s capacity.
Projects currently in the works include refurbishment work on a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter and a Beech 200 twin turboprop, as well as new seats for an EC155. “We have handled projects as small as puddle jumpers and as large as a Gulfstream V,” said Macrae.
While Farnborough Aircraft Interiors does not do exterior paint, Macrae said it has relationships with several of the UK’s top paint shops that can accommodate aircraft as large as a Global Express. The company’s work meets the Part 21 J&G design and parts production requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency.
With indications of a business aviation industry recovery on the horizon, and analysts saying 2010 will be the breakthrough year, Macrae said Farnborough Aircraft Interiors is prepared and already seeing expressions of interest turning into firm contracts.