Canadian engineering and completions company Flying Colours is installing the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system (CMS) as standard in its ExecLiner – a conversion of the Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet.
The move should help to bolster sales of the retrofit programme, which was launched by the Peterborough, Ontario-headquartered company in 2006. To date, 30 ExecLiners have been delivered, says Flying Colours' executive vice-president Eric Gillespie, of which “18 are in a full VIP configuration and 12 are in a passenger shuttle or hybrid layout”, he says. Previous upgrades mainly featured UTC Aerospace Systems’ CMS, it adds, but “existing owners can request an upgrade”.
The first Venue-equipped ExecLiner has already been handed over to an unnamed owner, while another five CRJ200s are scheduled for delivery to Flying Colours over the coming weeks for the ExecLiner conversion – two into a VIP configuration and three into a shuttle or hybrid layout.
“From a passenger’s perspective [Venue] provides a whole lot more in terms of flexibility, reliability and innovation,” says Gillespie. “This is why we are now incorporating it as standard,” he adds.
With Venue, the ExecLiner will now be able to display high-definition movies, play enhanced digital audio throughout the cabin and broadcast other high-resolution content, including the Rockwell Collins Airshow 3D moving map.
Source: Flight International