As it pushes to expand in Europe and at its new Arkansas facility, JCB Aero is here at EBACE exhibiting custom-finished furniture with metal accents and, to demonstrate its growing capabilities, a mockup of the front section of a business jet, comprising a galley and a lounge.
Cabin Interior and Electronics
News and developments about everything that goes into the cabin of an aircraft, from floor coverings to headliners, with a special emphasis on in-flight entertainment, communications and other electronics for passengers. If it is in the cabin of an aircraft, it’s covered here.
Rockwell Collins unveiled two key cabin systems programs at its EBACE press conference yesterday, including expansion of the capabilities of the Tailwind 550 Direct Broadcast Satellite TV system and introduction of a Venue HD (high-definition) retrofit for Bombardier Global jets.
Business aviation services group Comlux has strengthened its management team as it seeks to further differentiate itself from competitors in both the completions and refurbishment and aircraft management sectors. In an interview ahead of this week’s EBACE show, the Zurich, Switzerland-based group’s president and CEO Richard Gaona told AIN that Comlux will not be following the cost-cutting approach apparently favored by some competitors.
Comlux has increased its managed fleet to 19 jets with the addition of an Airbus ACJ318. The aircraft is based in the Middle East and will be operated by a European crew entirely for the private use of its undisclosed owner.
According to the group’s president and CEO, Richard Gaona, Comlux’s approval to operate under ETOPS 180 extended-range-over-water rules and conduct Cat IIIB approaches has been a key differentiator from rival management companies. For Airbus aircraft alone, the company has logged more than 12,000 flight hours over the past six years.
Electronics specialist Emteq started its involvement in aerospace as a pioneer in the use of LED lighting. It still lays claim to being a leader in this field but has since expanded its technology horizons to encompass a much broader array of cabin systems.
“We saw a real need to provide a more connected cabin and this led us to develop a full suite of solutions that we call eConnect,” explained the U.S. company’s chief marketing officer Rachel Bahr.
Airbus- and Boeing-approved completion center Aeria Luxury Interiors of San Antonio, a subsidiary of ST Aerospace, highlighted its recent cabin refurbishment of a Boeing 767-200, and plans for its first BBJ green cabin completion. The BBJ is scheduled to arrive at Aeria from Boeing this December. Its interior will incorporate a humidification and zonal drying system to enhance passenger comfort, said Ron Soret, v-p and general manager for completions. Delivery to the customer is expected in October next year.
Flying Colours is currently performing green Challenger completions for several Asia-based clients, and refurbishing a Challenger 604 for a Chinese operator. The company’s CRJ ExecLiner program, which converts a standard CRJ into an executive business jet, is also active in China, and the first conversion for a China-based client, which will include full CAAC certification of the ExecLiner interior and auxiliary fuel system, is near completion. The 15-passenger interior will have three cabins, IFE system, dual lavatories and a long-range fuel system.
Fresh off its January contract win for the green completion of an A320 for an undisclosed head of state, Switzerland’s Jet Aviation Basel, with more than 200 custom interiors to its credit, highlighted improvements to its completion processes aimed at delivering jets more quickly. Jet Aviation Basel has been reducing cycle time for its completions through new business practices and investments in production facilities such as enhancing 3-D engineering capabilities and bringing full systems integration to its cabinet shop.
Primarily known for its Wipline seaplane floats, Wipaire of South St. Paul, Minn., highlighted its custom interiors for the Caravan, Grand Caravan and Twin Otter. With Wipaire’s Chinese distributor, Alfred Lau of Aviation Supplies, on hand at the booth, visitors viewed photos of recent custom work, including a Grand Caravan EX interior with carpet, cabinets and executive seating, and a partial executive configuration for a new Twin Otter.
Fokker Services of the Netherlands, emphasizing its green ACJ and BBJ completions, touted the recent delivery to a Chinese customer of “the only A320 that can carry 26 passengers and be operated for commercial use,” said James Aspell, Fokker’s v-p for technical services and aircraft completions and conversions. The completion shows off both the company’s interiors artistry and its approvals agility.