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Aircraft interior design made by AIP in the Middle East

New partnership for the Middle East.

At the same time that the Dubai wide body hangar was being built, AIP began developing its aircraft interior design in the Middle East. Frédéric Seguy has been overseeing these two projects since his expatriation there last summer.

AIP recently joined forces with Greenline Interiors, a company that has been in Dubai for 40 years and specializes in the interior design of luxury hotels, palaces and some of the biggest yachts in the world. The new company is simply called AIP GREENLINE, Aviation Interiors and plans to start renovating aircraft interiors in order to subsequently ramp up manufacturing activities. Since March 1st 2017, Mark Chandler has been working with Frédéric Seguy as foreman. Mark brings with him over 30 years of experience in interior cabin design. Backed by AIP/AIT and Finaero, the team is currently concentrating on the redesign of the workshop located in the Greenline buildings, recruitment of a production team and the implementation of procedures to acquire local and European certifications (EASA PART145 + GCAA CAR145).

Please note that a new project will begin in April with Etihad Airways Engineering in Abu Dhabi, to support all work done in the A320 VIP cabins, work which is done with the help of AIT Toulouse. Let’s hope this is the first project of many more to come!

Paris Air Show: Emmanuel Macron visits Finaero’s stand

Paris Air Show: Emmanuel Macron visits Finaero’s stand.

This morning the Paris Air Show opened its doors. During one week actors of the aviation industry worldwide will meet and discover technological innovations, conclude new agreements as well as meet new prospects.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, inaugurated the show this Monday in presence of a delegation of members of the GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association, including Christophe Cador.

After his arrival in an A400M, the delegation greeted the President at the GIFAS Chalet to watch some flight demonstrations. The President then went to the Airbus Chalet where Christophe Cador had the occasion to present him our group and accompany him while visiting our stand as well the plane, where STTS has a booth demonstrating the group’s painting expertise. The President met Caroline Calmettes and Fabien Bordée, painters, David Soulage, technical manager as well as Matthieu Breton, Head of the Paris business unit of STTS.

The visit of the President at our stand is an important sign of recognition of the knowhow of each and everyone of you. I was honored to present it to him in all of our names.” Christophe Cador President and CEO of Finaero.

STTS contracts ASI to build its state-of-the-art aircraft painting hangar at Dubai South

STTS contracts ASI to build its state-of-the-art aircraft painting hangar at Dubai South.

STTS, painting & sealing specialist of airline, military and VIP aircraft, subsidiary of French group Finaero, moves underway with its painting hangar works and contracts ASI at Dubai South.

In order to respond to the growing needs of the aerospace industry in terms of painting facilities and to offer customers in the Middle East greater proximity, STTS has appointed Aircraft Support Industries (ASI) to take on the building works of its wide body painting bay at the new Al Maktoum International airport.

Delivery is finally expected early 2019. The facility will mainly target MRO painting needs for all types of commercial wide bodies (A380, B777, A350, B787, etc.). Key features of the dedicated hangar will include:

  • Temperature and humidity control,
  • Optimization of hangar volume and as a result energy consumption,
  • Environmentally friendly through regulated waste management and air emissions in conformity with the highest standards.

Christophe Cador, President of STTS said, «I am proud of this facility launch and its level of quality. I am confident that ASI will do its utmost to meet our expectations and enable us to soon deliver painting services of the highest standards to operators in the region».

Tahnoon Saif, VP of Aviation at Dubai South said: «The new STTS facility adds to the aviation and aerospace industries and contribute in positioning the Aviation District to a global aerospace hub».

Saif Adds: «We are excited to see our partners progressing in their projects and look forward to supporting them to serve regional and global markets».

Managing directors with the EASA part 21J certification

Finaero obtains its EASA Part 21J for its interiors division, AIP.

Finaero pursues its development and announces at the Paris Air Show the attribution for its interiors branch, AIP, of EASA’s PART 21J certification.

The interiors branch AIP will now be able to certify its own designs through its recent PART 21J (EASA.21J.561) certification, in addition to its already existing PART 21G (FR.21G.0065) and PART 145 (FR.145.546).

This qualification will enable Finaero to offer its customers an even broader array of interior design services supported by its Roissy Charles de Gaulle design, certification and product office.

We are proud of this accomplishment which rewards our team’s efforts, organization and know-how”, stated Jon Oruezabala, Managing Director of AIP. This new step is in line with Finaero’s already important development plan to diversify its service offering for its customers. Successful milestones these past months for the group also included:

  • Painting & Sealing division, STTS, in order to improve the quality and efficiency of its services, has organized its offering into five worldwide divisions. Three new paint hangars (60m€ investment) are now up and running in Toulouse. The company has equally launched operations in the US, in Portland, Washington State, as well as the construction of a new A380 & VIP paint hangar at the new Dubai South airport.
  • Interiors division, AIP, also recently announced the acquisition of SMTC, the French train interiors specialist, to further extend the group’s aviation interior’s service-offering to the railway sector as well as significantly reinforcing the branch’s production capacities to better serve the aircraft interiors market.
  • Electric division, CIEE, has shown very good progress over the first six months of the 2017 exercise. CIEE is to extend its factory in Thailand which manufactures cables and wire assemblies. The branch is also due to set up operations in the US.

Delivering diversity & quality on-time to our customers remains our number one priority. In order to do so our group has started undergoing a global transformation project underlined by the slogan: 1 group, 1 vision, 1 partner” said Christophe Cador.

Satys pursues its development in cabin interiors and acquires SMTC

Finaero pursues its development in cabin interiors and acquires SMTC, a leading original equipment manufacturer of train interiors.

Finaero acquired SMTC, the French train interiors specialist, on May 11th. The objective is to maximize synergies between SMTC and Finaero both in terms of accompanying developments in the rail industry worldwide as well as on know-how and expertise in the aviation industry. SMTC benefited from a 23m€ turnover in 2016 and counts 150 employees on its site in Boufféré (Vendée, France).

SMTC will as a result join AIP, the interiors branch of Finaero, specialized in the aviation industry and dedicated to manufacturing tailor-made and small series aircraft interiors. This new acquisition will further extend the group’s service-offering as well as significantly reinforce the branch’s production capacities to better serve the aircraft interiors market.

Furthermore, the other “business lines” of Finaero group undertook major projects over the past year:

  • STTS (painting and sealing for the aircraft and rail industries), in order to improve the quality and efficiency of its services, has organized its offering into five worldwide divisions. Three new paint hangars (60m€ investment) are now up and running in Toulouse. The company has equally launched operations in the US, in Portland, which are equally very successful. Finally, STTS launched the construction of a new A380 & VIP paint hangar at the new Dubai South airport.
  • CIEE (electrical systems) has shown very good progress over the first six months of the 2017 exercise. CIEE is to extend its factory in Thailand which manufactures cables and wire assemblies. The branch is also due to set up operations in the US.

Our main objective remains the same, to deliver quality programs on-time” Christophe Cador, President.

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