Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s bizliner completions center at Dallas Love Field, recently delivered its 23rd Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) completion, for an Eastern European-based energy company customer. The BBJ’s interior includes a large sitting area, custom-designed lavatory and bedroom. Also installed was a cabin management system complete with in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi and flat-panel video monitors. Associated Air Center recently won a contract to outfit an executive Airbus A330-200.
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Jet Aviation Basel signed an agreement with an undisclosed Middle Eastern client for completion of a BBJ3. Completion work on the bizliner’s cabin interior, which was designed by Studio E/motions, is scheduled to begin in the third quarter. The layout for the BBJ3 will include a living area, a conference/dining room and a private bedroom with en suite bathroom. Jet Aviation Basel also recently delivered two newly completed private Airbus A340s–an A340-600 and an A340-300–to undisclosed customers.
Associated Air Center’s BBJ mockup has proved more effective than originally anticipated for turnaround time, project cost and risk management. It allows technicians to fit check interior furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners and valances before the arrival of the green aircraft or while other work is being done on the aircraft.
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”
Dallas-based Associated Air Center has launched a full-scale Boeing Business Jet mockup center and says it has exceeded expectations in streamlining the completion turnaround time.
The center allows interior technicians to fit-check cabin furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners, valences and more before the aircraft arrives, allowing technicians to get a jump on fit and trim.
With a fresh supplemental type certificate in hand, Gore Design Completions delivered a completed ACJ340-500 for a head-of-state client in mid-April.
It was the second outfitted private jetliner delivered this year by the San Antonio-based facility. The company handed over a new BBJ3 in January.
Gore president Kathy Gore-Walters describes the big quad-jet as “one of the most beautiful aircraft interiors GDC has ever had the pleasure of building.”
London-based Andrew Winch Designs is well on its way to establishing its brand in the aviation sector, having worked on 12 completions and two refurbishments in the past decade. The company will end the year with the delivery of an ACJ, A340 and a BBJ2 (based on the 737-800), said Jim Dixon, Andrew Winch’s director and head of the aviation design department, told AIN here at the show yesterday. The company also expects to deliver two more next year.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Stand 1265) announced here at EBACE the recent addition of a Gulfstream G550 to its growing fleet of long-range jets. The fleet includes a VIP Boeing 757 BBJ executive airliner, Bombardier Global Express XRS and a Gulfstream G450, based throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace (YPA) has appointed Rick Richardson as vice president of business development, while Harvey Ticlo succeeds Richardson as president of YPA’s Cabin Innovations division. Richardson will continue to support the division in marketing and sales. Ticlo, with more than 20 years of experience, including five in aircraft maintenance and modification facilities in the U.S, has worked on completions on Boeing BBJ and Bombardier Global Express aircraft.
Aviation Partners (Stand 128) is introducing its Falcon 50 blended-winglet modification to the European market with the arrival of its flight test aircraft in the static display at EBACE 2012. The aircraft made the 3,129-nm trip from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Geneva International Airport with one stop, in Keflavik, Iceland, according to pilots Dave Hurley, Bo Corby and John Reinhold.