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AAC signs BBJ 787-8 interior completion contract

Associated Air Center (AAC) of Dallas, Texas, has been awarded a new custom interior completion contract for a green BBJ 787-8. The interior is already under full design review. AAC has also kicked off detailed planning, staffing and training in anticipation of the green aircraft’s delivery from Boeing, scheduled for mid-2014.

“This achievement is a game changer in the world of custom interior completions,” said Jack Lawless, CEO at AAC. “AAC has a distinguished history as a pioneer and leader in the completions industry; being among the first to complete BBJ 737s and ACJ319s and the first to perform a BBJ 757 completion. For more than 65 years, AAC has been on the leading edge for both narrow- and wide-body aircraft including the ACJ330-200, BBJ 747-8 and now the BBJ 787-8. 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. Being among the first completion centres to receive this aircraft represents tremendous confidence in AAC by Boeing and the customer.”

“The AAC team has a long and proven history on several Boeing platforms,” said Captain Steve Taylor, president at Boeing Business Jets. “They are a trusted and innovative team member on interior completions and we look forward to working with AAC in support of their first BBJ 787 interior completion.”

The completion contract was signed in late December 2013, following months of discussions and special airframe training requirements from Boeing engineers. The interior was designed by AAC’s in-house design team. The new Boeing 787 signature periphery served as inspiration in creating a comfortable and modern environment.

The VIP-configured BBJ 787-8 offers 2,404ft² of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nautical miles while the VIP-configured BBJ 787-9 offers 2,762ft² of cabin space and a range of 9,950 nautical miles.

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