At the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009 in April in Hamburg, Germany, Lufthansa Technik’s (Booth No. 373) NICEview “infotainment” package won first place in the entertainment and communication category of the Crystal Cabin Award competition. Offering passenger flight information and a moving map, the system provides high-resolution 3-D maps and virtual flight views as well as a multitude of information overlays.
With the official opening of the new Cabin Innovation Center for research and development at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters on April 1, Lufthansa Technik has made its position with regard to the future perfectly clear, regardless of the current economic and credit crisis.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace, an aerospace investment company, has merged two of its private aircraft interiors holdings, Executive Aircraft Completions of Tulsa, Okla., and Cabin Innovations of Lewisville, Texas. The merger was concurrent with the official opening of Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facilities in Lewisville in December.
MAC Aircraft Interior Specialists (formerly McCarthy Interiors) has won a $1.75 million contract to design and build quick-change executive interior kits for two Czech-made PZL W-3A Sokol twin-turbine helicopters destined for use by Poland’s presidential and government fleet.
ExecuJet Aviation Group has opened a new aircraft interiors showroom at its Zurich Airport headquarters. The interiors-dedicated space is located above the company’s FBO and expands ExecuJet’s interiors service, from aircraft acquisition to cabin completion and refurbishment management to delivery.
UK-based executive charter operator Ocean Sky (Stand No. 632) has acquired Dean Aircraft Interiors for an undisclosed sum. It marks a continuation in the rapid expansion of Ocean Sky, which also has offices in Salzburg, Zurich and Moscow, as well as an FBO at Prestwick International Airport
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world’s largest independent centers for single-aisle and widebody bizliner interior completion and refurbishment, has opened a new facility in Basel, Switzerland. Basel is also home to competitor Jet Aviation.
As of October 1, Lufthansa Technik had taken full control of the former Swiss Air facility in Basel, where it expects to maintain and support single-aisle and widebody executive aircraft.
AIC, the Aircraft Institute for Craftsmen, is scheduled to open its doors next spring to train executive interiors specialists. According to founder Pierre Moroni, president of Syncro Aircraft Interiors at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, the motivation for launching the school is the persistent, industry-wide problem of finding skilled interiors technicians.
Precision Pattern, a Wichita-based specialist in aircraft interior cabinetry and finish, has signed an agreement with Appearance Group to provide after-market support in terms of touch-up, repair and mechanical adjustments for cabin cabinetry. As part of the agreement, Appearance Group will receive training and instruction from Precision Pattern.
International Jet Interiors, an independent completion and refurbishment center in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., has signed a major service agreement with Eclipse Aviation. Under terms of the deal, International Jet will provide service for the manufacturer’s Eclipse 500 very light jet interior for the Northeast U.S.