Flying Colours completes matching pair of Challenger 850s


Flying Colours interior

Flying Colours Corp. has redelivered a matching pair of Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft for an undisclosed Fortune 500 company. The first aircraft was delivered in July and the second in late August.

This is the conclusion of a project that began with Flying Colours identifying, sourcing and supporting the initial negotiations for the aircraft purchase, on the client’s behalf. Once the acquisition was complete, the two aircraft were delivered to the Flying Colours St Louis facility.

The interior overhaul required a complete remodelling of the cabin. Standard business class seats were fitted with USB ports for in-seat charging. The Rockwell Collins Airshow 500 is displayed via monitors at the front and back of the aircraft. To accommodate hot and cold drinks, the galley was modified to offer maximum storage, and two lavatories feature at the fore and aft of the cabin.

Flying Colours undertook a series of maintenance activities, including 12/24/48/96-month airframe inspections on both aircraft, as well as landing-gear overhauls, and additional miscellaneous inspection tasks. The aircraft underwent a complete fuselage respray to deliver a custom brand livery at the Flying Colours Peterborough facility.

EVP Sean Gillespie said: “The story of these two aircraft perfectly demonstrates the full service offering that Flying Colours Corp. offers. We helped the client find the right aircraft, ensured no hidden surprises would come up after purchase, and created a customized interior to match the client’s mission. We maximised the downtime by conducting maintenance and interior work under one roof. Finally, we finished the paint specification in Peterborough. There are not many companies that can see the project through from A to Z, but we are well positioned to do this.”

The aircraft replace two older turboprop aircraft in the corporate fleet.

“We believe the client chose to renew existing aircraft, as opposed to buying new, as they recognised the benefits and value of upgrading an existing airframe to deliver a customised aircraft to fulfil their corporate travel needs,” added Gillespie.