ST Aero Gains Airline Interior Retrofit Projects
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: AWIN First
November 13, 2012
Credit: ST Aerospace
ST Aerospace, which is trying to execute more total support packages for maintenance and engineering services, is gaining traction in the interior completion and refurbishment business, launched in February under the brand Aeria Luxury Interiors.
ST Aerospace President Chang Cheow Teck revealed to Aviation Week during a visit to the maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Singapore that it has secured two turnkey retrofit interior contracts for airlines, but he would not name the carriers. He did say one is for 19 Boeing 767 interiors and the other is an interiors retrofit package for five Airbus A330s. ST Aerospace will perform the work in 2013 and 2014.
Chang sees airline interior modifications and retrofits as a growing market because he thinks airlines will have to refresh their cabins at shorter intervals to satisfy customer and marketing demands.
While these two contracts are for airline interiors, Aeria Luxury Interiors was launched with a VIP completions order. In late October, the company secured its second VIP completions contract. This one is for a 767 VIP interior and heavy maintenance check. Both projects, which will be carried out at ST Aerospace’s facility in San Antonio, should be finished in April.
Chang also revealed to Aviation Week that ST Aerospace signed a cooperative agreement with a Japanese manufacturer for seat design, which could further expand the company’s total support capabilities. He plans to disclose details in April.