Collins Aerospace’s latest Venue CMS and HD IFE system has been chosen for Project Pearl, a Bombardier Global Express refurbishment being undertaken by FAI Technik. As well as a full cabin refurbishment, the five-month project will involve 60-, 120- and 240-month inspections.
Venue enables passengers to watch HD movies and listen to digital audio throughout the cabin. The system can broadcast a range of other high-resolution content. The project also includes the installation of Honeywell’s Ka-band broadband satellite connectivity technology.
The architect of the cabin project is German designer Tim Callies, known for his work on ACJ, BBJ and Global Express interiors. The interior will feature VIP seating for 12 passengers and include two-tone leather seating and two three-seat divans covered in Armani fabric. Additional modifications and upgrades include new cabinetry, cobalt black metal plating, granite tabletops, and heated stone floors in the galley and toilet area. New galley appliances will include a wine cooler, coffee maker and oven. The aircraft will be finished with a new exterior paint scheme.
The completed aircraft will be priced at US$10.95m. FAI believes it will be very attractive to potential clients flying on business or leisure trips.
“We are very much looking forward to presenting this unique aircraft to the pre-owned Global Express market in April,” said Siegfried Axtmann, founder and chairman of FAI Aviation Group. “FAI Technik continues to stretch the boundaries to extend its remit in MRO and this latest project demonstrates our outstanding capabilities in refurbishing Global Express aircraft.”
Project Pearl is FAI’s sixth in-house Global Express cabin refurbishment and it will be the third time the company has installed Honeywell’s Ka-band technology on a Bombardier BD700.
FAI Technik was appointed as an authorized dealer for Collins Aerospace avionics and cabin electronics equipment in January 2018.