Jet Aviation makes BBJ as good as new
Coincidentally, that same aircraft already passed a Jet Aviation refurb in 1999, at that time signifying the first BBJ completions contract the company was ever awarded. According to a company statement, the BBJ had been out of service for a number of years before it was sold to a new owner and subsequently refurbished.
The refurbishment included removing and replacing of all the chairs, sidewalls, carpets and some of the wood marquetry. The aicraft’s entire exterior was also repainted. A new Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system (CMS) was installed as well, in addition to Swift Broadband, and an upgraded future aircraft navigation system (FANS) and configured ADS- B Out. Overall, the project was completed without making any structural changes.
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“Industry standards and systems capabilities have risen over the years,” Jet Aviation Large Aircraft Maintenance Director Estelle Thorin. “Customers want all the same bells and whistles in their aircraft that they’re accustomed to at home, and we […] work closely with all the vendors to ensure they receive the best and latest solutions on the market.”
“As an old aircraft with old documentation, it was a challenging project that’s produced terrific results,” adds Jet Aviation Basel Maintenance Interior Design Supervisor Simon Koenig. “The aircraft is like new!”