DeCrane Aerospace was founded 19 years ago by Jack DeCrane with the idea of assembling under a single umbrella all aspects of aircraft interior completion and refurbishment. Here at NBAA (Booth No. 268), DeCrane has pulled together all its interior products divisions more closely, under a more centralized marketing strategy, to offer a “single-source solution” to the executive/VIP cabin.
Mid Continent Controls of Derby, Kans., a manufacturer of cabin management and in-flight entertainment system controls, is showcasing a new media server for the cabin here at Booth No. 2656.
Burnet Interiors of Geneva has a unique approach to aircraft interiors. It doesn’t have a facility for producing interior components, nor does it have a sprawling hangar for installing interiors. What it sells is expertise and manpower. According to owner Franck Burnet, the company initially sends a team of experts to visit the client’s airplane, where they discuss ideas and examine the existing interior.
Completion and refurbishment centers are in a constant search for more efficient ways to work. And now growing in favor, despite mixed reviews in the past, is the idea of a modular cabin in kit form, ready for installation.
DeCrane Aircraft has announced the formation of a new subsidiary called DeCrane Cabin Interiors to specialize in business jet interior refurbishment, including specialized cabinetry. The new company, which will be run by Trey Bryson as v-p and general manager, is based at Tucson, Ariz., and has other facilities at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has expanded capacity at its Hamburg, Germany completions center and now offers a dedicated production line for large airliner-class VIP jets and four lines for its branded XXL Class interiors for the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Starting in 2003, the company will offer XXL Class completions on Fairchild Dornier’s Envoy 7, which is a derivative of its 728JET regional airliner.
Canadian independent completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours has chosen Audio International to be the exclusive supplier of cabin management and entertainment systems for its “CRJ Execliner” program.
Dassault’s flagship Falcon 7X has notched another milestone with aircraft Serial Number 04, operated by Dasnair of Switzerland, having become the first to accumulate more than 1,000 flying hours. Since entering service in July 2007 the aircraft has carried more than 1,000 passengers, made 415 stops in 110 countries and has flown in excess of 400,000 miles.
Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 447) is investing “around €10 million” in a new research-and-development center for its Cabin Innovation business unit at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters. Construction has already begun and the maintenance, completions and refurbishment giant expects to move into the 70,000-sq-ft, five-story facility in December this year.
An Australian coroner inquiry into the death of the pilot and seven passengers on board a King Air 200 that crashed in September 2000 has adjourned the hearing until July to gather further evidence. The aircraft had departed for a 300-nm trip to Leonora, a small mining town northeast of Perth, where it was based.