Starling Aerospace Interiors – Flying High After Successful Contract Wins at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2015


  • SAI receives orders for a VIP role change kit for Ethiopian Airlines and a significant ‘lavatory refurbishment’ project from a major European airline

London, UK | April 30, 2015– Aerospace Interiors (SAI) – a world leading aircraft interior outfitting company – secured several orders, with others in the pipeline from global airlines, at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg earlier this month.

Ethiopian Airlines placed a significant contract for a bespoke and versatile single VIP role change kit to be used with its various aircraft types that include B767/B757/B737-700s & -800s. The Ethiopian Airlines VIP kit includes a 16G divan, 16G ‘Track & Swivel’ seat and ‘HiLo’ table, all exclusively designed and built in‑house by SAI to exacting standards. This cost effective solution provides the airline with the flexibility to upgrade the first/business class section of an aircraft cabin interior to undertake a one off trip to accommodate VIP and Head of State passengers, without affecting the commercial integrity of the aircraft.

Once completed, the kits can be shipped to the MRO of the operator’s choice with STC certification being provided by SAI’s in-house design team when overseeing the installation to the approved data and customer specifications into the aircraft, thereby providing a solution to the problem of dedicated VIP aircraft, high installation costs, long lead times and extended periods of downtime.

SAi’s ‘lavatory refurbishment’ proposition also received considerable interest from a number of prominent airlines with one major European airline confirming an order at the show to upgrade of its fleet of 767 / 737 aircraft. All airlines strive for a high end look at low cost and this provides a real ‘value for money’ upgrade which is vital as airlines continually look to improve their image and increase levels of service.

The European airline’s remit is to retain as much as possible of the existing monument, whilst providing a more modern streamlined appearance. The solution retains the basic electrical and systems provisions within the lavatory, while providing new key elements such as a new vanity unit, with a light-weight Corian top, larger bowl, SAI proprietary tap, LED lights, and cleaner lines, by relocation of units such as the old hand towel dispenser.

“By developing our own range of adaptable interior components which include the new HiLo Table, the 16G Track & Swivel Chair and the new Berthable and Fixed 16G Divans – all launched at the show – we can deliver a flexible, high quality solution that can be delivered to significantly condensed delivery timescales,” explained Steve Swift Managing Director of Starling Aerospace Interiors. “The Ethiopian Airlines contract includes all three bespoke elements but they are also available individually as off-the-shelf products and can be used in conjunction with other seats, installation designs and role change kits. Our ‘lavatory refurbishment’ proposition is also proving a winner with airlines as these ‘high traffic’ areas can quickly become tied but our solution is relatively quick and easy to install anywhere around the globe and by upgrading the internal specification of the aircraft the overall customer experience is enhanced.”

SAI also choose Aircraft Interiors Expo to showcase several new products that comprise:

16G Divan and ‘Track & Swivel’ seat: The latest products to be developed and added to SAI’s own range of adaptable interior components are an all new 16G Divan and ‘Track & Swivel’ seat, for VIP and Business Class, that offers infinite seating configurations. These are currently undergoing final design and approvals.

Having both in‑house capability and certified EASA Approvals are what sets SAI apart and these include Design UK21J.538 / Manufacturing UK21G.2581 / Repair & Overhaul UK145.01249. In addition to delivering the new 16G Track & Swivel chair system.

‘Hi-Lo’ Table: is available in a range of finishes and customer specifications. The substrate is finished in real wood veneer, an aqua transfer print finish or a laminate finish. For use as either custom built tops for Club 4, Club 2 or divan ‘Hi-Lo’, this exciting new product from SAI is released on EASA 21G Form 1.

Berthable and Fixed Divans: in customised foam styling and upholstery, with customised end arm storage units. This can be converted from a comfortable divan into a bed 36” wide. It can be used in conjunction with the SAI 3-point Hi-Lo table.

Monuments: Bulkheads and special purpose monuments are all designed, built, and finished in-house, and installed to meet customer requirements.

These exciting new products are fast gaining huge industry appeal as part of overall interior refurbishment or as part of new ‘role change’ projects for VIP and Commercial airlines. With all design and fabrication taking place in-house, SAI is able to respond to the need of clients and can complete projects with minimal down time to the aircraft.

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