Aeria refurbishes BBJ 737 for LA-based charter company

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Aeria Luxury Interiors completed its first full-cabin narrow-body refurbishment, on a BBJ 737 operated by a charter company based in Los Angeles, California. The project took eight months. Aeria completed its first wide-body full-cabin refurbishment in 2013, on a BBJ 767.

On the BBJ 737, enhancements were made to all wood surfaces, seat and interior panels were reupholstered, faux wood flooring was installed, carpet was replaced and the company also painted to match touch-ups. The program also included a partial reconfiguration of the aft cabin.

The jet seats 18 passengers and features neutral tones paired with silver- and nickel-plated detailing and white accents. A newly added master suite features a custom-built bed and private storage closet with an attached master bathroom, decorated in marble patterned panelling and faux wood flooring. A family-size aft lounge seats six. It includes reupholstered furnishings and handcrafted automated hi-lo tables featuring satin nickel-plated detailing within stained quarter-rift white oak. All tables are lined with stingray leather, which is visible when fully extended. Twin forward and mid lounges exude the same aesthetic while both forward and aft galleys were refinished to match.

“As an integrated solutions provider for private jets since 2012, Aeria takes pride in consistently delivering high levels of craftsmanship with high level of attention to details for our valued customers, be it in cabin refurbishment, VIP completions or maintenance services,” said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager at Aeria. “As we steadily build up our track record, we are also constantly pushing ourselves to create more value add and amazing designs for our customers.”

The company also recently secured two new maintenance contracts to support a Boeing 767 and 737. Maintenance work has already begun on the Boeing 767 at Aeria’s facility in San Antonio, Texas. The project includes various inspections and services including an override/jettison pump wiring change and flight compartment BMS 8-39 urethane foam replacement. The Boeing 737 is scheduled to arrive in late July 2019 for a 36-month check including electrical upgrades to the wing flaps, flap landing warning limit switches and related wire bundles. Aeria will also perform various operational checks including water system and O2 system inspections.

“These contracts are testimony to the trust and confidence that private jet owners have in our team of experienced engineers and technical talents, who are able to deliver high levels of maintenance service and support across various platforms time and again,” said Soret. “The contracts also go to show that customers see the value in coming to us for maintenance support on top of VIP completions solutions.”

Aeria has performed various maintenance checks for more than 46 Boeing aircraft since June 2013 at its San Antonio facility, which can house two wide-body or three narrow-body aircraft at any one time. Further to maintenance, Aeria offers VIP modification and completion services on both Boeing and Airbus platforms, and is an approved Boeing completion centre. It is currently carrying out a BBJ 737 completion, which is slated for redelivery later in 2019.

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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