Flying Colours wins special-mission Challenger 650 contract

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Flying Colours Corp has announced an order for the completion of three new Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft. The order is a sub-contract from Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft of Bombardier’s Commercial Aircraft division. It will see the green aircraft configured with dedicated medevac interiors for a European customer.

The design engineering is already underway at Flying Colours Corp’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, USA. “This is a collaborative project as we are working through the Bombardier team to liaise with their customer on the design, while at the same time we are coordinating with a specialist medical equipment provider who will supply the medical monuments,” said Sean Gillespie, vice president of Flying Colours Corp.

The installation of the interiors and the external paintwork will take place at the company’s facility in Peterborough, Canada. It is anticipated the first aircraft will be inducted into service in the fourth quarter of 2016 as the customer replaces older aircraft models with the newly equipped models. “We are particularly pleased to have agreed to our first Bombardier special-mission Challenger 650 project for a European customer,” said Gillespie.

“We have already had success working with them on special-mission aircraft destined for Asia and our strategy is to continue the expansion of this part of our business as international customer demand grows.”

Flying Colours Corp’s previous special-mission aircraft projects have included the installation of multiple-passenger mission interiors for monitoring, and customizing designs to enable the implementation of tailored multi-use VIP/medevac interiors for an air ambulance, which featured multiple stretcher systems.

May 29, 2015

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