Tempe, Ariz. – October 14, 2014 – Associated Air Center (AAC) inducted the company’s first Boeing 787-8 aircraft to be completed for a Head of State customer at AAC facilities located at Dallas Love Field. The aircraft arrived on October 9.
AAC announced the contract award in January of this year and since that time has been performing planning, staffing, training, design, engineering, manufacturing and facility construction activities in anticipation of the aircraft’s arrival. Monuments and furnishings for the interior configuration have already been completed ahead of the green aircraft’s arrival and will be ready for installation once the supporting structure, wiring, plumbing and sound insulation have been installed on the aircraft. Interior design for the 787 program is being conducted by AAC’s well-seasoned, in-house design team.
“The composite structure and advanced systems on the 787 require special engineering, tooling and technical capabilities – it’s a whole new ball game,” said James Colleary, President, Associated Air Center. “Our team is up for the challenge and excited to have the aircraft in our shop where the real work now begins.”
The VIP-configured 787-8 offers 2,404 square feet (223.3 square meters) of cabin space and a range of 9,590 nautical miles (17,760 km). AAC plans the redelivery of the completed aircraft by the end of 2015.
Associated Air Center provides world-class program management and ODA certification authority to keep airplane programs on schedule and provides industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. The company’s vertically-integrated, state of the art facility employs the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish.
Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas, Texas, is the global leader in BBJ completions and the most experienced completion company in the industry. Authorized by both Boeing and Airbus, AAC offers full completion capabilities for both narrow body and wide body aircraft, including maintenance, refurbishment, modifications and upgrades. AAC’s vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art facility provides world-class interior design, engineering and completion capabilities, engine and airframe MRO and ODA certification authority. AAC provides the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish, keeping airplane programs on schedule; providing industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. Founded in 1948 as Associate Radio, the company has served the VVIP market and global Heads of State for over six decades.
StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components, energy and VIP completions markets. A Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, StandardAero provides a global service network of 13 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, along with an additional 50 sales and field service locations. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.