AAC expands to meet VIP wide-body demand

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Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Large Transport Category VIP completions centre in Dallas, USA has expanded its facilities to accommodate recent wide-body completion wins – including B747-8 and B787-8 projects – during the last six months.

The recently completed facility expansions include the addition of a 7,200 square foot mobile tail enclosure that measures 120ft-wide, 60ft-deep and stands 75ft 9in tall. Weighing in at 95 tons, the tail enclosure was constructed on site and is designed to be moved with existing aircraft tugs. The mobile tail enclosure structure is equipped with a fire protection system, fire alarm system, high bay lighting and low-voltage electrical connections throughout the structure.

In addition to the tail enclosure, AAC has incorporated a new fixed nose extension which provides large VIP wide-body completion projects full cover and protection within its existing facilities.

“These expanded capabilities now allow our company to completely house wide-body aircraft – nose to tail within our facility,” said Jack Lawless, CEO of AAC.

AAC’s wide-body completion business has experienced a recent boom, having completed a complex A330 project in addition to winning two new completion bids for B747 and B787 wide-body projects in the last year.

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