Posted on: 17 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Flying Colours Corp. (Flying Colours), a specialist in MRO, completion and refurbishment, has reconfigured a Bombardier Challenger 850 business aircraft with its first ever complete carbon fibre interior.
The carbon fibre interior was designed by the Flying Colours team in-conjunction for a Hong Kong based client with an aim to create an innovative new style of interior. The predominantly black and grey carbon fibre surfaces have been complemented with ebony hardwood veneer accents, whilst seats have been finished in white leather upholstery and the divans in rich, contrasting fabrics. Satin-Nickel plating has also been added to create a unique touch to the stylish look. Complementing the furnishings is a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment (IFE) system featuring 22in widescreen units, and a Rockwell Collins Airshow 4000, which has software modified for the region of operation. SwiftBroadBand supports a new telephone system and cabin Wi-Fi.
The aircraft is configured for 16 passengers with a three cabin VIP layout. The first cabin features four club seats, whilst the mid-cabin incorporates a divan opposite standard double seats so creating a meeting space on-board. The third cabin section features a half club configuration with a berthing divan followed by a rear lavatory. The total work schedule took around sixteen weeks to finish.
“This is the first time we’ve worked so extensively with carbon fibre on the interior of an aircraft. The client chose the material for purely aesthetic reasons and where you would normally only use wood veneer e.g. the tables, galleys, bulkheads, handrails, lavatory vanities and toilet enclosures, we’ve used carbon fibre,” commented Eric Gillespie, Vice President, Flying Colours. “We also note that Asian clients are very particular when it comes to entertainment and technology with most of our clients preferring modern IFE systems complemented by crisp clean design.”