Dallas-based Associated Air Center (AAC) has been awarded a new custom interior completion contract for a green Boeing 787-8 BBJ aircraft. The aircraft interior is already under full design review, and AAC has begun a detailed planning, staffing and training programme in anticipation of the aircraft’s delivery from Boeing in mid-2014.
“This achievement is a game changer in the world of custom interior completions,” said Jack Lawless, CEO of AAC. “Not only is this a major milestone for AAC, it represents a monumental leap forward for the entire custom interiors completions industry as this aircraft is unlike any other in the world. Its composite structure and advanced systems, require special training, unique tooling and state-of-the-art design considerations.”
The completion contract was signed in late December 2013, following months of discussions and special airframe training requirements from Boeing engineers. The aircraft’s interior was designed by AAC’s in-house design team using the new Boeing 787 signature periphery as inspiration in creating a comfortable and modern environment.
The VIP-configured 787-8 offers 2,404 square feet (223.3 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nautical miles (17,760km) while the VIP-configured 787-9 offers 2,762 square feet (256.6 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nautical miles (18,425km).