King Aerospace adds BBJ paint capability

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Following its first green BBJ exterior paint project, King Aerospace has been recognized by Boeing Business Jets and is now included in the manufacturer’s directory. According to King Aerospace’s executive vice president, Keith Weaver, the BBJ 1 was delivered on time and on budget.

“The mica pearl paint scheme came out perfect, the people from Sherwin-Williams were ecstatic, and the customer wrote a letter of reference to Boeing recommending us,” said Randy Johnson, director of corporate aircraft services and paint shop manager at King Aerospace. “The goal is to leverage the success in exterior paint to validate our expertise and encourage customers to also utilize King Aerospace’s completion and refurbishment and MRO services.”

Johnson and seven members of the exterior paint team have 20 or more years of experience, all of it at King Aerospace. “That first BBJ was a green aircraft as part of a cabin completion by Aeria Luxury Interiors,” said Johnson. “The big twin jet required a very complex paint scheme of geometric design, using four primary coats of Sherwin-Williams Jet Glo and the supplier’s new SKYscapes (mica pearl) final finish.

“We like the challenge of doing something new and unique,” added Johnson. “One of our other more complex jobs was for a customer who wanted the paint scheme to begin with light silver on the aircraft nose and gradually become darker until it finished in black at the tail section. Nobody else wanted to bid it, but we nailed, first shot.”

King Aerospace has two standalone paint hangars capable of accommodating aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G550. It also recently renovated a hangar to offer a 25,000ft² paint shop capable of accommodating business jets as large as the BBJ 3 and the BBJ 757. Paint facilities at King Aerospace are now capable of handling five large-cabin Boeing or Airbus aircraft and as many as 50 corporate jets annually.

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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, Railway Interiors International and Winter Sports Technology International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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