ONE of the biggest tests of quality is how long something lasts. Aircraft interiors are no different. Years of constant passenger use during flight wear on the functionality and aesthetics of any aircraft interior. With consistent usage, seats, tables, cabinetry, and galleys will show wear and tear, which affect the impression an aircraft makes on passengers.
“Longevity of an aircraft interior is subjective; a lot depends on how often the airplane is used and how many passengers are regularly on board. In addition, the longevity is based on the quality of the products used coupled with quality of standards and processes used during the fabrication and installation. Of course, how well the interior is taken care of, cleaned, and maintained over time also plays into its lifespan,” says Duncan Aviation Aircraft Modifications Sales Manager Nate Klenke.
Signs of a quality refurbishment may not become apparent until several years after the work is done; it rests in the quality of the completion process itself and the durability of the products selected, most of which are not visible immediately after completion.
Case in point: Duncan Aviation completed a Gulfstream GIV in 2007 that was placed on static display at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The aircraft had new paint as well as a fresh interior that showcased a number of innovative uses of materials and design elements, including carbon fiber accents, custom fabricated hardware, a mix of organic and recycled finishes, and a pop-up monitor. A look at that aircraft after 13 years of regular use proves that its design was timeless and the interior installation and construction was of the highest quality.
From the beginning, our design experts worked alongside Aviation Aesthetics’ owner and founder Havilande Whitcomb to turn the owner’s vision into a reality. The project was a success due to Duncan Aviation’s history of successfully collaborating with external designers.
Fast-forward to today. “The GIV interior and paint have held up incredibly well, much longer than typically seen in the industry,” Nate says.
”The aircraft featured a selection of high-quality materials that have held up due to excellent design and craftsmanship by Duncan Aviation,” agrees Havilande.
The GIV is managed by Volo Aviation and is available for charter through Solairus Aviation’s charter certificate. Volo Aviation Director of Maintenance and Chief Pilot Robert Tod says: “When I tell passengers that the paint and interior are 13 years old, they are usually stunned.”
Timeless design, high-quality materials, expert installation, and application of the interior components combined to allow this aircraft to surpass the test of time.