“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”
Completion and refurbishment centers
Cabin completion or refurbishment is second only to buying the airplane in terms of price and importance.
Where should you have the job done? Those who purchase a new, or "green," airplane typically have the interior built and installed by the manufacturer. You also have the option of using an independent completion center. Most such centers focus on refurbishment of used airplanes, but large facilities handle green aircraft as well. Some aircraft manufacturers offer interior refurbishment of used aircraft, though sometimes only on their own airplanes.
A handful of centers focus exclusively on interior work on airliners being converted to an executive/VIP configuration. Some have the approval of manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing to build and install interiors on their green aircraft. Most do both green completion work and refurbishment of older aircraft.
Perhaps a dozen independent completion and refurbishment centers focus exclusively on helicopter interiors, for customers ranging from executives and law enforcement to news media and emergency medical services.
Many independent completion and refurbishment centers offer such additional services as maintenance and avionics modifications and installation. This allows refurbishment to be done at the same time as repairs and other work, minimizing down time.
Aircraft manufacturers and independent completion and refurbishment centers either do exterior painting or outsource that job.
The list that follows includes manufacturer and independent completion and refurbishment centers, plus some exterior-paint shops.
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