Fokker wins cabin upgrade for three Dash 8s

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Dutch legacy aircraft support specialist Fokker Services has won a cabin upgrade contract for three Bombardier Dash 8-100s from an unnamed airline in the Asia Pacific region.

The Hoofddorp-based company will provide engineering services, supply new equipment and refurbish cabin linings at its site in the Netherlands. But all installation work will be done as part of regular heavy maintenance checks at the operator's own facilities.

The deal comprises replacement of the aircraft's fluorescent tube lighting with LED units; fitting better noise-insulation material; refurbishment of side panels, lavatory linings and luggage bins; and installation of photo-luminescent escape path markings.

Fokker says that the "passive" noise suppression kit will cut cabin noise levels by up to three 3dB, while the LED lighting should reduce weight and - due to the equipment's longer lifetime over light tubes - also maintenance costs.

The first aircraft is to be upgraded in mid-2013, with the other two to follow thereafter.