Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Aeria Looks to Bring Interior Skills Closer to Asian Clients

Download: Printable PDF Date: 10 Apr 2016 23:47 categories:
Aeria Looks to Bring Interior Skills Closer to Asian Clients - Business aviation publisher
Krista Kuznecova
Country: United States Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: AIN

Aeria Luxury Interiors recently delivered the first new Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) that it has completed direct from the factory. The aircraft went to an undisclosed customer in Eastern Europe and the San Antonio, Texas-based company is now working to complete a VIP-configured Boeing widebodied airliner that it expects to deliver in the first quarter of 2017.

Benefiting from fresh investment provided by its Singapore-based owner ST Aero, Aeria is expanding its facilities with the addition of around 1,300 square meters (14,000 square feet) of additional workspace, including more cabinetry and upholstery shops. The company also is adding a 186-sq-m (2,000 sq ft) space to accommodate its in-house interior design department and also the sales and marketing team, plus a showroom for customers.

Eventually, ST Aero (which is part the ST Engineering maintenance, repair and overhaul group) wants to be able to establish a parallel completions facility in Singapore that would be more convenient for private and corporate aircraft owners across the Asia Pacific region. This plan is starting out with moves to offer cabin interior maintenance and refurbishment services at the ST Aero facility at Singapore’s Seletar Airport and Aeria is training its colleagues in all the core skills.

The interior and exterior for the just-delivered BBJ were developed by Aeria’s interior designers in consultation with the client. Ron Soret, Aeria’s completions vice president and general manager, explained that usually travels with family members or small groups of guests. The cabin includes a crew rest area, a galley, a conference/dining area, a large lounge area with a flat-screen TV and a master bedroom with a private lavatory and shower.

The cabin was fitted with CTT’s humidification and zonal drying system. The interior features decorative pieces produced using Aeria’s 3D printing capability and finishes using precious stones and other luxury materials.

The 3D printer was purchased in 2014 and it can produce large parts. “We are using it extensively for completions, making prototypes and decorative pieces,” Soret explained. For the BBJs, 3D-printed parts included single-seat armrests, loudspeaker bezels and brackets for electronics components. Aeria is using a thermoplastic material that has sufficient structural strength and also meets flammabilityrequirements.

Aeria is very active in VIP aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as refurbishment. It also specializes in the installation of cabin management and inflight entertainment systems, as well as some avionics work, and is an authorized dealer for both Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.

The existing 9,280-square-meter (100,000 square feet) hangar in San Antonio can accommodate two widebody and two narrowbody aircraft. Last year it provided MRO services to a mix of BBJs, Boeing 737s and 757s. The company can handle C checks and 12-year checks for BBJs.

Related event:
China, Shanghai , Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre.

2 years ago

Loading comments for Aeria Looks to Bring Interior Skills Closer to Asian Clients...


ACE 18 – A winning Formula

BACA and Stansted News delivered a compelling day of activity for air charter brokers and operators at ACE18. Staged at London Biggin Hill airport on 11thSeptember, more than 850 people enjoyed a supe...

AZAL will resume flights to Geneva

Starting from October 30 this year, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) will start Baku-Geneva-Baku flights. AZAL flights will be carried out as part of a joint charter program for the classic transportatio...

Christian Scherer appointed Airbus Chief Commercial Officer

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Christian Scherer, 56, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), replacing Eric Schulz, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Christian...

Kevin Reiterer flying high - Diamond Aircraft as new sponsor of the jet ski ace

The Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft is the new sponsor of multiple Jetski World Champion Kevin Reiterer. Headquartered in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the aircraft manufacturer is one...