Flying Colours Corp has extended the range of airframes on which it can now install the Inairvation pre-engineered retrofit solutions in North America. At NBAA 2016 (held in Orlando, Florida, on November 1-3), Flying Colours will promote the options now available for Bombardier Challenger 300 and 605 and Gulfstream G450 and G550 models. This is in addition to the first type confirmed with Inairvation at NBAA 2015 – the Bombardier Global Express.
Following the signing of the launch customer in April 2016, work on the first Global began in late September 2016 at Flying Colours’ headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and is progressing to schedule for re-delivery in March 2017.
The scope of work has involved the removal of the complete interior, and initial conceptual engineering to ensure efficient installation. The interior is now undergoing a complete overhaul utilizing Flying Colours’ design engineering, cabin monuments and outfitting expertise. B/E Aerospace seat frames covered in a variety of leathers will replace the existing fixtures. The contemporary style is enhanced by carbon-fiber veneers, accented by an ebony hardwood. A rainbow spectrum of mood-lighting choices controlled by the nice HD CMS will be added. Connectivity will be upgraded with the installation of a GoGo ATG 5000 high-speed data system. These elements from Flying Colours will be combined with the Global Inairvation package incorporating the nice HD CMS and IFE system from Lufthansa Technik, with functionality integrated into new sideledges manufactured by F/List. Flying Colours will also add new exterior paintwork featuring a honeycomb design.
“Our team is working really well with Inairvation’s as our mutual experience on the Global airframe plays to our advantage,” said Sean Gillespie, executive vice president at Flying Colours. “Future completions on the Global will be even quicker as the complete concept will have already been tried and tested. For aircraft owners, downtime is money so this combined option of using our own designs, and the pre-engineered items creates significant financial and time savings for them.”
“Partnering with experienced professionals is key for completing cabin retrofits with a very short downtime,” said Philip von Schroeter, co-CEO of Inairvation. “Already with Flying Colours our first joint project is proving to be smooth, efficient and fun. I’m confident the customer will love it too.”
Flying Colours is already in discussion with a number of Global Express and Challenger 605 clients regarding the possibility of blending Flying Colours’ interiors expertise with the Inairvation pre-engineered offering. The next Global project is likely to begin in the second quarter of 2017.
November 1, 2016