The 20-strong team at Flying Colours Corp PTE is now performing full cabin overhauls on Bombardier types for Asian and Middle Eastern clients at Bombardier’s Seletar Airport facility. The Singapore-based business began by offering simple cabinetry and soft furnishing repairs, but can now lay claim to three partial and four full interior refurbishment projects – for two Challenger and five Global aircraft.
One of the latest projects followed the purchase of a pre-owned Bombardier Global XRS. As it began extensive maintenance in the Bombardier Seletar facility, Flying Colours worked in parallel to complete an upgrade of the 14-passenger cabin. The China-based customer wanted to modernize the cabin, so Flying Colours outfitted the interior with a neutral cream palette. The cabinetry was refinished, new satin rose gold plating was added, a camel colored carpet was fitted, and the divan and seats were recovered. The galley and aft lavatory countertops were replaced to complement the newly fitted vanity wardrobe and cabinet.
“The increase in cabin overhauls really exemplifies the change in demand from the maturing Asia and Middle East markets as savvy owners and operators recognize the benefits of acquiring pre-owned aircraft,” said Paul Dunford, general manager of Flying Colours Corp PTE. “This has stimulated a need for high-level refurbishments and demand for complete customization has increased.”
Flying Colours now supports Bombardier and aircraft owners by mirroring its North American facilities in providing full refurbishment services while aircraft are in the hangars for maintenance.
“A few years ago, the Asian market preferred to buy new, but we are seeing more purchasers looking to buy pre-owned and style it in their own look,” said Dunford. “Our team is well-equipped to tackle minor repairs, through to full completion workscopes, and has built a reputation for producing results equal to the mature markets in North America and Europe. We are now well known to the Asian and Middle East-based customers.”
The latest project is becoming the norm for the Flying Colors Corp PTE team. “There are more than 300 Bombardier business aircraft in the region and many are nearing their 96-and 120-month inspection intervals,” said Dunford. “We believe this is a great opportunity, as we can fully support an operator’s interior refurbishment needs and deliver a customized, high-quality aircraft, in parallel with the maintenance work. We anticipate a very busy year in 2019.”