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328 Support Services displays FAA-certified 328DBJ

Following the award of full FAA certification for the 12-seat 328DBJ business aircraft, 328 Support Services will be displaying the converted airliner at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Show in Hamburg, Germany (5-7 April 2011). The company will also highlight its services for other types of aircraft. Along with the existing 328 conversions, the company also produces non-328 monuments and interiors, and has already completed VVIP galleys for two A340s for an international customer. At the booth 328 Support Services will invite visitors to experience interior seats designed by UK-based ctm design using DeCrane VIP seat frames.

Special features in the new VVIP 328DBJ interior include a galley concept designed to maximise space in the forward cabin, generating nearly half a metre more working space. The main cabin is 10m long, 2.15m wide and 1.8m high, and can accommodate both a lounge and conference area. The aircraft also features redesigned ceiling and sidewall panels, electric window blinds and slim-line PSUs. 328 Support Services can also tailor the IFE to each customer’s needs. Entertainment features include a 32in monitor that deploys from the credenza to display films or act as the interface for PlayStation games. The aircraft is fitted with a WiFi phone system provided by Aircell which gives internet access both on the ground and in the air.

“One customer is so delighted with the latest conversion he told us he prefers to remain in his 328DBJ during refuelling stops rather than go into the VIP lounges,” said Ray Mosses, head of sales for 328 Support Services. “Customers who choose to purchase a 328DBJ can save up to a third of the price of purchasing a new aircraft with the equivalent luxury interior.”

The new style 328DBJ has already been delivered to a South American customer and 328 Support Services is working on a further two for SkyBird Air. At the end of February 2011 328 Support Services handed over a converted 32-seat passenger airliner to SkyBird Air. The VIP models should follow in late summer 2011. The passenger airliner has been refurbished and boasts a completely renovated interior with leather and suede seat covers. The branding across the conversions will be consistent for SkyBird Air – the seat style and red seatbelts of the airliner mirror the 328DBJ VIP’s colour scheme so a SkyBird customer can move seamlessly between the airliner and VIP configuration.

328 Support Services is also noticing growing interest in the 328 aircraft as a special missions machine. European, US and Australian air ambulance and coast watch divisions have all expressed an interest. “We plan to team up with a variety of suppliers to ensure the special missions interiors are of the same technical standard as the VVIP conversions,” said Mosses. Conversion to a pure freighter role for both the prop and jet versions of the Dornier 328 is also being explored by 328 Design for an Asian operator. The increasing number of conversions and special mission requirements has seen the company’s workforce grow by over 25% from 130 to 170 over the last six months.

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