Complete carbon fibre interior delivered by Flying Colours


Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist,  Flying Colours Corp., has delivered its first complete carbon fiber interior reconfiguration of a Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft for a Hong Kong-based client.

The carbon fiber interior was designed by the Flying Colours team to create an innovative new style of interior. The predominantly black and gray carbon fiber surfaces are complemented with ebony hardwood veneer accents, while the seats have been finished in white leather upholstery and the divans in rich, contrasting fabrics. Satin-nickel plating adds a further touch to the stylish look.

The IFE system features 22in widescreen displays and a Rockwell Collins Airshow 4000 system, with its software modified for the region of operation. SwiftBroadBand supports a new telephone system and cabin wi-fi.

The aircraft is configured for 16 passengers with a three-cabin VIP layout. The first cabin features four club seats, while the mid-cabin incorporates a divan opposite standard double seats, creating a useful meeting space. The third cabin section features a half club configuration with a berthing divan followed by a rear lavatory. The total work schedule took around 16 weeks to finish owing to the intensive labor required to apply the material.

“This is the first time we’ve worked so extensively with carbon fiber on the interior of an aircraft. The client chose the material for purely aesthetic reasons, and where you would normally only use wood veneer, such as the tables, galleys, bulkheads, handrails, lavatory vanities and toilet enclosures, we’ve used carbon fiber. We have used the material before but normally only as an accent to complement an interior. The counter tops are black and white, the divan is cherry red, and the black carpet features a white ‘Branches’ splinter pattern. In combination the red and white leather, the satin nickel plating and the carbon fiber create a striking effect,” stated Eric Gillespie, VP of Flying Colours.

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