Flying Colours awarded contract for Bombardier modifications
March 26, 2013, Peterborough, Ont. - Flying Colours Corp.announced today that Bombardier has awarded the Canadian-based aviation business an exclusive contract to undertake the interior modification of seven CRJ700 NextGen aircraft. The fleet will be completed over a two year period and delivered to an undisclosed Chinese client.
The aircraft will be completed for specific mission purposes with a particular emphasis on VIP modifications. The project will require new supplemental type certificates (STCs) to be sourced by Flying Colours Corp., and final certification will be completed in conjunction with the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority, with whom Flying Colours already has a strong relationship.
The first aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the Flying Colours Corp. Peterborough, ON facility in the fourth quarter of this year, and it is anticipated that the final aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. The modification of a CRJ700 NextGen aircraft will be a first for Flying Colours Corp. and builds on the extensive experience of its ExecLiner programme which has seen more than 12 CRJ200 regional airliners converted to executive VIP configurations.
Flying Colours Corp. is already a Preferred Completion Centre for Challenger aircraft and 2013 will see five green Challenger 850 jets undergo completion work at its Canadian facility. This latest deal sees a strengthening of the relationship between the two Canadian based businesses as Flying Colours Corp. broadens the number of Bombardier aircraft divisions it works with. “We are extremely proud that Bombardier has selected Flying Colours Corp. to take on this modification and completion programme and look forward to beginning work on the first aircraft later this year. We already have a strong relationship with the company and this new deal extends the scope of our business relationship with them,” said Sean Gillespie, Executive Vice President of Flying Colours Corp.