Bizjetliner completions specialist AMAC Aerospace has begun work on its first widebody VIP conversion. Last month, the Swiss company received a green Boeing 777-200 LR to be made into a luxury transport for Jeddah-based aircraft management firm Aviation Link.
“We have 72 new carpet styles and 16 new Deconel wall covering styles,” said Kalogridis International founder George Kalogridis.
A year ago, the Dallas firm began weaving its own carpet and took its first order at Ebace. Kalogridis said the company no longer subcontracts out for its carpet,
“saving time and money.
Ovation Select, the cabin-management system from Honeywell, is nearing certification and the new cabin mockup, with production hardware and everything from HD monitors to iPad docks to surround-sound audio, was on display
at the NBAA Convention last month.
Independent cabin completion specialist Greenpoint Technologies (Booth No. 4345) is at NBAA in a big way with Aerolift and Aeroloft elevator and loft concepts for Boeing’s new 747-8.
Head-of-state and VVIP completions centers are awaiting two new Boeing widebodies–the 747-8 and the all-composite 787. Both aircraft, which have suffered from well-publicized program delays, are currently in flight test and customer deliveries should begin next year.
Boeing has revised its 10-year forecast for the Asia-Pacific air transport market, and its new figure reflects a 37-percent increase over the previous total. Boeing’s original figure of 670 aircraft has been upped to 920, with a corresponding increase in value to $120 billion.
Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. “We’ve had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C. facility,” Carter told AIN.
Boeing Business Jets has already sold a dozen of its new 787s for configuration as private aircraft, and the independent completion centers are climbing the learning curve required to install interiors in an all-composite fuselage.
It was an airshow planned and prepared for during the worst of the past two years of economic downturn and yet Farnborough International 2010 ended up delivering gladly received evidence that a recovery is gathering momentum in the aerospace industry.
Boeing is deep into preparations for its first “green” 787 BBJ delivery in 2012 and is confident it can avoid the myriad early completion problems that plagued the first 737-based BBJs more than a decade ago.