Flying Colours Sees North American Demand for Midsize Refurb
Flying Colours, an Ontario, Canada-based service company specializing in interior completions on new and pre-owned business aircraft, has been appointed the preferred completion center in North America by List Components & Furniture of Austria to carry out installations of its stone flooring products. The agreement follows Flying Colours’ recent installation of a stone floor aboard a Bombardier Global 5000. The company has secured from a Canadian client a new commission for a stone floor aboard a Challenger 601 that it is currently completing and is also in negotiations with other North American clients for stone flooring installations on their aircraft. The company specializes in the Challenger 300, Challenger 604, Falcon 900 and Hawker 800.
“We have seen a big increase in midsize refurbishments from both corporate and private owners who are looking to re-enter the aviation market. Other clients are completing refurbishments that have been planned but put on hold over the recession. We are currently working on a total of ten midsize jet projects and our backlog is starting to build, with another four complete projects in the pipeline. Our customer base is truly global, but the major spikes in these refurbishments have come from existing or new North American customers,” said Sean Gillespie, director of completion sales and management.
According to Gillespie, the midsize jets in the program are predominantly undergoing complete refurbishments, with detailed interior work taking place alongside complete paint finishes. Following the current trend in refurbishments, a good number of them are also incorporating upgrades and modifications to the entertainment systems as well as installation of Wi-Fi and phone connectivity.