Flying Colours begins work on three Sparkle Roll CRJ200s
By Flying Colours Corp.
Peterborough, Ont. - Just six months after the joint venture announcement between China-based Sparkle Roll Technik Co. Ltd. (SRT) and Flying Colours Corp. the North American MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist, three of the eight B-registered CRJ-200 aircraft conversions are already in situ at Flying Colours’ Peterborough headquarters in Canada, with the work schedule well under way.
By Flying Colours Corp.
The initial trio of aircraft is being reconfigured from regional jet layout to a mixed class shuttle format. Each cabin has been divided into three separate areas. The aft section incorporates a 20-seat economy section, the middle section four business class seats in two double club layout, whilst the front cabin will feature a three seat divan alongside a double club business class seat configuration. In addition an aft lavatory will be fitted whilst a small forward galley will be installed.
The fully executive version of the Sparkle Roll CRJ’s will reflect past Flying Colours CRJ ExecLiner conversions with an advanced inflight entertainment system and a supplemental fuel auxiliary system as engineered by Flying Colours Corp. specifically for CRJ conversions being installed. The work schedule also includes heavy maintenance work on the aircraft. The design of the remaining five aircraft is still being finalized but it is anticipated a number of them will be refurbished in 15 seat ExecLiner configurations, a style mirroring a Bombardier Challenger 850, a format developed by Flying Colours that has already proved popular in the Asian region in past years.
The first of the aircraft are due to be redelivered to SRT during July 2015, with one being completed every month until February 2016. Supporting the completion activity is a team from SRT who have been shadowing workers in key departments at the Peterborough facility since the beginning of the year. It is planned that the later conversions will have the interiors monuments manufactured in North America, but that the SRT technicians will complete the final installation in China. Training of the SRT technicians formed a major part of the original agreement. However the Flying Colours Corp. team will handle all final aircraft certification and will develop and own relevant new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) which will then be validated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, CAAC. “This continues to be an exciting project for us,” said Sean Gillespie, VP Flying Colours. “We understand that operating in the Chinese market is not always straight forward but our relationship with Sparkle Roll is strong and the project is progressing smoothly. Sparkle Roll values the quality provided by our skilled technicians, and we believe the agreement will expand to include a wider range of models in the future.”
Once converted, the VIP jets will be sold to individual customers and be operated by Sparkle Roll Jet Co. Ltd (SRJ), the CCAR Part 135 operational subsidiary of Sparkle Roll Aviation (Holding) Group and sister company to SRT.
“The Sparkle Roll Group is known as a leading luxury brand in China, and Sparkle Roll Aviation is aiming to be seen as the new benchmark for the business aviation industry in the Chinese market. Our reputation for providing the highest quality is paramount and Flying Colours Corp. was selected because of their reputation for being leaders in their field. We are very satisfied with the progress and quality delivered by the excellent team and are sure our customers will be delighted with the finished products,” commented Mr. Li Xuefeng (Lee Li), Chairman of Sparkle Roll Technik Co., Ltd. and Executive Director/CEO of Sparkle Roll Aviation (Holding) Group.
Delegates attending ABACE 2015 will be updated on its other regional activity at the Flying Colours Corp., booth H320, where senior management will promote its ever-strengthening presence in the Asian region. In addition to providing further information about its Sparkle Roll activity, it will inform visitors about its service offering at the recently opened Singapore Seletar Aerospace interiors facility.