ST Aerospace highlights VIP completion contracts at NBAA
Oct. 20, 2014, Singapore - ST Aerospace’s VIP completions brand ‘AERIA Luxury Interiors’ (AERIA) has announced the clinching of a maintenance contract on a Boeing 757-200 VIP Head of State aircraft at NBAA 2014. This follows contract wins for its first green 737 BBJ aircraft completion in February and first nose-to-tail cabin completion for a wide-body VIP aircraft in August this year.
October 20, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
All maintenance activities on the Boeing 757-200 Head of State aircraft will take place in AERIA’s hangars in San Antonio, Texas. In parallel to a heavy maintenance visit, the aircraft will undergo component overhauls, modification work on engine inlets as well as an avionics upgrade to be future air navigation system (FANS) capable. The narrow-body aircraft is scheduled to be redelivered by the end of this year.
“We are elated at our customers’ continued vote of confidence, by entrusting us with significant milestone projects this year. At AERIA, we pride ourselves as a one-stop specialist for VIP completions – not only are we equipped with a strong in-house design team for cabin interior completions, we can also leverage ST Aerospace’s global network for all maintenance, repair and overhaul activities. The latest maintenance project on a Boeing 757-200 Head of State aircraft is clear proof of our comprehensive suite of total aviation support capabilities.” Ron SORET, Vice President/General Manager of Completions, AERIA Luxury Interiors
AERIA is present at this year’s NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Florida with a one-fifth scale 3D-printed BBJ model at booth #1685. This BBJ model was produced in-house by AERIA’s state-of-the-art 3D printer, and depicts a lounge and dining room on-board an aircraft with all the intricate details. The aircraft model is complete with 1080i digital screens, RGB lighting, and customized carpets. The use of 3D printing is a highly effective way of showcasing AERIA’s design capabilities to its customers, providing them with a ‘sneak-peak’ of the final product. To help customers better visualize aircraft interiors, AERIA will be using similar scale models for all marketing presentations in the future.
In addition to technological innovations, AERIA’s facility will embark on a 21,000-sq ft expansion this year, with the addition of a new cabinet and upholstery shop, as well as another building complex for the design, sales and marketing teams.
A division of US affiliate VT San Antonio Aerospace, AERIA specializes in the completions and refurbishment of both Airbus and Boeing jets. Located in San Antonio, Texas – the birthplace of large aircraft VIP completions – AERIA has access to skilled craftsmen, a pool of highly trained engineering talent as well as a cluster of supporting businesses in the region. VT San Antonio Aerospace a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Aerospace Incorporated (VT Aerospace), and marketed as part of ST Aerospace’s MRO network.