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Altitude lands second major VIP aircraft contract

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 6, 2011
A file image of a BBJ.

Air New Zealand subsidiary Altitude Aerospace Interiors (AAI) has gained its second major VIP aircraft completion contract, which will see the company fit out a Boeing Business Jet 737 (BBJ) VIP aircraft.

The BBJ is expected to arrive at Altitude’s facilities early in 2012, after the unnamed subcontinent based client takes delivery of the aircraft from Boeing at the end of this year. An Altitude design team will then spend most of 2012 fitting out the BBJ with a luxury bespoke interior. The completed 737 interior will cater for up to 19 passengers, and could cost anywhere up to NZ$34 million, according to Altitude general manager Michael Pervan.

“Obviously contracts involving assets of this value take a lot of leg work to secure.  The customer needs to be satisfied their chosen partner can deliver the highest quality product, on time and on budget. We’ve been working closely with this client since last year, including building a private jet interior mock up to showcase Altitude’s skill in producing the sort of high quality finishes and attention to detail this market expects,” Pervan said.

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Altitude will also work with Air New Zealand Technical Operations to install the aircraft’s interior, with a dedicated VIP team of experienced Air New Zealand technicians and Altitude engineers to manage the complex job of installing full avionic, entertainment, electrical and environmental systems onto the aircraft.

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