Flying Colours has completed the delivery of a refurbished Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet to a customer in Nigeria.
The refurbishment process took 14 weeks and included a major pre-purchase inspection undertaken on behalf of the client and a number of other calendar inspections including a 96-month inspection. The aircraft also had upgrades on the Ih Flight Entertainment and an Aviator 300 Broadband system.
The modifications, which were completed at the Peterborough, Ontario facility.
Sean Gillespie, executive vice president, Flying Colours, said: “We are really pleased to have completed this Challenger 604 for the Nigerian market. It’s a great step forward in our plans to expand our African presence. Importantly the new client was referred to us by a preferred partner who recommended us because of their experience working with the Flying Colours team; and the fact that we are a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility.”
The company is also working to complete maintenance on a Bombardier Learjet 35 for another African client, ther company expects to deliver the aircraft in April 2014. The work includes maintenance and avionics upgrades. The work is being carried out at Flying Colours facility in St Louis, USA. The Learjet 35 work is scheduled to finish in April after five months when it will be delivered back to the client for private usage.
“We hope these will be just the first of a number of African projects and we’re already in discussions with numerous other potential clients from the continent. The Bombardier product is popular in the region and with our status as a Bombardier ASF, our extensive experience on the Lear Jet, Challenger and increasingly the Global families, we are particularly excited about the possibilities from this burgeoning business aviation sector,” added Gillespie.
Flying Colours has two maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, one in Peterborough, Ontario and the other in St Louis, Missouri.