Yankee Pacific Seeing Uptick
Business jet interior components supplier Yankee Pacific Aerospace is doing “really well this year,” according to managing director Ken Goldsmith.
“We’ve seen an uptick, largely driven by the advent of the executive 747-8 and we see the future further driven by executive variants of the 787, [and] still to come are the business and private versions of the Boeing 737 Max and the follow-on 777X,” said Goldsmith. He also noted that the re-engined Airbus A320Neo is still to come, as is the A350 XWB from Airbus.
Goldsmith also pointed out that there is an installed base of single- and twin-aisle bizliner conversions out there that warrants the investment necessary to sustain major maintenance and overhaul programs.
Asked if the work flow in cabin completion and cabin refurbishment may put a strain on suppliers of cabin components, Goldsmith laughed. “More demand is music to our ears,” he said. “There may be some additional lead times, but no real issues with keeping up with the demands of the market. Any serious supplier is looking at the market years out and planning to stay abreast of the growth.”