Flying Colours boosts capabilities in Singapore
By Wings Staff
Flying Colours’ PTE Singapore operation at its Bombardier Seletar Airport facility has expanded the scope of its cabin interior refurbishment services for Asian and Middle Eastern customers. Progressing from simple repairs of cabinetry and soft furnishings, the facility has now completed four full and three partial interior refurbishment projects on two Challenger and five Global aircraft types.
By Wings Staff
One of its latest projects, explains the company, followed the purchase of a pre-owned Bombardier Global XRS aircraft by a Chinese customer. As it began extensive maintenance on the XRS in Singapore, Flying Colours worked in parallel to complete an upgrade of the 14-passenger cabin.
This XRS refurbishment project included updating the aircraft’s interior with a neutral cream palette, refinishing its cabinetry, adding satin rose gold plating to the metal work, fitting a camel coloured carpet, and recovering the divan and seats. The galley and aft lavatory countertops were replaced to complement a newly fitted vanity wardrobe and cabinet.
“The increase in cabin overhauls really exemplifies the change in demand from the maturing Asia and Middle East markets as savvy owners and operators recognize the benefits of acquiring preowned aircraft,” said Paul Dunford, general manager of Flying Colours PTE.
Flying Colours now employs a team of 20 in the Singapore facility, which largely mirrors its North American operations in Peterborough, Ontario, and St. Louis, Missouri, to provide full refurbishment services when aircraft are in the hangars for maintenance.
“A few years ago, the Asian market preferred to buy new, but we are seeing more purchasers looking to buy pre-owned and style it in their own look,” said Dunford. “Our team is well-equipped to tackle minor repairs, through to full completion work scopes and has built a reputation for producing results equal to the mature markets in North America and Europe.”
Dunford continues to explain there are more than 300 Bombardier business aircraft in the region and many are nearing their 96-and 120-month inspection intervals. “We believe this is a great opportunity, as we can fully support an operator’s interior refurbishment needs and deliver a customized, high-quality aircraft, in parallel with the maintenance work,” he said. “We anticipate a very busy year in 2019.”