FAI selects Collins Aerospace’s VenueTM for ‘Project Pearl’ – a significant Global Express Refurbishment

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has selected Collins Aerospace’s latest VenueTM cabin management system and high definition entertainment system for its latest Bombardier BD700 Global Express cabin refurbishment project, named “Project Pearl.”

Project Pearl represents one of the most extensive refurbishment projects for the type. The five month project will include 60, 120 and 240-month inspections and a full cabin refurbishment featuring the new Collins Aerospace Venue. Passengers can enjoy watching HD movies and listen to enhanced digital audio throughout the cabin. Venue can broadcast a range of other high-resolution content. The project also includes the installation of Honeywell´s Ka-Band broadband technology, delivering ultra-high-speed satellite connectivity.

The architect of the cabin project is German designer Tim Callies, who is well known for his work on Airbus ACJ, Boeing BBJ and Bombardier Global Express interiors. The luxury interior will feature VIP seating for 12 passengers and include stylish two tone leather seating and two three-seat sofas covered in Armani fabric. Additional modifications and upgrades include new cabinetry, cobalt black metal plating, granite table tops, the latest galley appliances to include a wine cooler, coffee maker and oven and stylish heated stone floors in the galley and toilet area. This will be followed by a newly designed exterior paint scheme.

Priced at USD $ 10.95 m, this unique turnkey Global Express should be very attractive to potential clients flying on business or leisure trips.

Siegfried Axtmann, Founder and Chairman of FAI Aviation Group comments: “We are very much looking forward to presenting this unique aircraft to the pre-owned Global Express market in April. FAI Technik continues to stretch the boundaries to extend its remit in MRO and this latest project demonstrates our outstanding capabilities in refurbishing Global Express aircraft.”

Project Pearl is FAI´s sixth in-house Global Express cabin refurbishment and its third installation of Honeywell´s Ka-band technology on a BD700.

In January 2018, FAI Technik was appointed as an Authorized Dealer for Collins Aerospace avionics and cabin electronics equipment.

The FAI Aviation Group will participate at EBACE in Geneva 21-23 May, 2019, Avinode Stand #B71

About FAI Aviation Group

FAI Aviation Group operates Germany´s largest Bombardier business jet fleet. FAI´s group fleet of 27 jets and one turboprop comprises six Global Express, one Challenger 850, six Challenger 604s, 12 Learjet 60s, together with two Premier 1A light jet and one King Air 350 turboprop.

FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon-neutral fixed-base operation at its Nuremberg, Germany headquarters, employing a full-time staff of 220 people, including 60 mechanics and engineers at its in-house maintenance centre, plus some 50 part-time physicians.

FAI´s Group revenues in 2019 were close to € 100 m combined to a fleet utilization of more than 14.000 hours of airtime.

FAI was proud to receive the Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in May 2018, marking the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA to member companies operating business aircraft for 50 years or 100,000 hours without accident.  In autumn 2018 FAI Aviation Group scooped “Germany´s Best Airline” accolade in the 2018 Focus Money Awards.

In October 2019 FAI’s Air Ambulance Division was one of three finalists for the 2019 ITIJ industry award – Air Ambulance Company of the Year. During the Dubai Airshow in November 2019 FAI was honoured with an Aviation Annual Achievement Award, in recognition of its 30 years of air ambulance and special mission flying and a 10-year anniversary award from MEBAA, reflecting the fact that 20% of FAI’s flying activity is now in the Middle East.

FAI is an official partner of McLaren F1 Racing.