Germany-based MRO FAI Technik’s latest Bombardier Global Express cabin refurbishment project, dubbed Project Pearl, includes Collins Aerospace’s latest version of its Venue cabin management and high-definition entertainment system, the unit of FAI Aviation Group announced. “We are very much looking forward to presenting this unique aircraft to the preowned Global Express market in April,” said FAI Group founder and chairman Siegfried Axtmann.
The five-month project included a complete overhaul of the aircraft’s cabin and additions of Venue and Honeywell’s Ka-band satellite communications technology, as well as 60-, 120-, and 240-month inspections. Venue delivers HD movies and enhanced digital audio throughout the cabin, as well as other high-resolution content. Collins appointed Nuremberg-based FAI Technik as an authorized dealer for its avionics and electronics in January.
German designer Tim Callies, the architect of Project Pearl, is known for his interior work on Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets, and Global Expresses. His latest project includes VIP seating for 12 passengers that incorporates two-tone leather seats and two, three-seat sofas covered in Armani fabric. Other cabin modifications and upgrades encompass new cabinetry, cobalt black metal plating, granite tabletops, and appliances such as a wine cooler, coffee maker, and oven. The aircraft’s galley and restroom have heated stone floors.
In addition, the refurbished Global Express will have new paint. It is expected to be listed at $10.95 million when it goes on the market next month.
Project Pearl is FAI Technik’s sixth in-house Global cabin refurbishment project. “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,” added Axtmann.
FAI Technik boasts the largest general aviation hangar complex in Germany, with a 48,438-sq-ft structure complementing two other hangars measuring 21,528 sq ft and 32,292 sq ft at Albrecht Durer International Airport (NUE).