Flying Colours completes first CRJ200 for Sparkle Roll


Flying Colours Sparkle Roll CRJ200

Flying Colours has completed the first of eight CRJ 200 conversions for Chinese joint venture partner Sparkle Roll. The first aircraft was redelivered to China on April 2, and is due to appear in the static display at this years ABACE show.

The multi-class format required a new STC for China which the Civil Aviation Administration of China, CAAC, certified at Flying Colours Peterborough facility. This is the first time that a B registered CRJ aircraft has been reconfigured outside of China, and then returned on the same registry with the approvals taking place outside of China.

The interior has been reconfigured from a regional aircraft configuration to a 29 seat, multi-class, shuttle aircraft.

A Sparkle Roll team worked on site at Peterborough throughout the process, which has further strengthened relations between the Canadian and Chinese companies.

Another three Sparkle Roll aircraft are now being worked on at the Peterborough headquarters.  As with the first jet, the next two aircraft will also be configured in multi-class configuration.

The remaining five CRJ 200s will be configured in VIP executive format reflecting the Flying Colours CRJ ExecLiner format featuring 15 seats, an advanced inflight CMS system via Rockwell Collins Venue entertainment system, and a supplemental fuel auxiliary system, as engineered by Flying Colours specifically for CRJ conversions.

John Gillespie, president & CEO at Flying Colours said: “We are extremely proud of this achievement. The aircraft required extensive maintenance upgrades, as well as complete interior conversion and paint work. Fortunately we can handle all of these elements under one roof at our Peterborough facility, which meant that we could work on various projects at once, so reducing down time. We are very pleased with the outcome and know that Sparkle Roll value the quality and experience that we’ve been able to put into the project. We are looking forward to finishing the remaining multi-class aircraft before moving onto the VIP projects.”

Flying Colours is already in discussions with Sparkle Roll about working on other airframes once the first eight aircraft are completed.

“We have both learned a lot through this process and can use this experience to work on other aircraft types. This is a long-term relationship for us and one we value immensely,” added Gillespie.