Flying Colours has begun its "most ambitious CRJ200 conversion yet". The Canadian cabin outfitter, which has converted 12 of the Bombardier 50-seat regional jets to its ExecLiner VIP configuration, says its latest project will incorporate a number of firsts, including a shower in the aft lavatory, and an aft cabin featuring a pivoting bed that can be positioned against the wall when not in use.
The Ontario-based company will work with the owner's designer, Harry Schnaper - named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 designers - and in-house expert Kate Ahrens on what it calls its "most complex, bespoke ExecLiner".
The cockpit will feature Elbit Systems' head-up display and infrared synthetic vision system, the first time they have been installed on a Bombardier CRJ200 business jet.
Flying Colours has also designed an integrated smoke extraction system to remove cigar smoke and galley smells and ensure clean cabin air. The forward aircraft cabin features six electric seats, which have been manufactured in cooperation with Aero Seating Technologies seating and feature options for recline, vertical adjustment, leg rests and include a memory pre-set option along with electric heating, massage features and controllable lumbar support options. There is also a compartment for iPads. The communications and aircraft in-flight entertainment has been designed in conjunction with Esoteric, producers of SkyPad, the in air touch screen control system, and will enable users to browse all on-board media, control the IFE and adjust the lights, blinds and temperature in the cabin via an iPad.
"The client wanted an aircraft completely personalised to his requirements. He wanted to sleep, shower, and effectively have the option to live on his aircraft when travelling on business. He also wanted to maximise his investment so the CRJ conversion was the perfect solution for him. With the high specification design to be implemented by the Flying Colours team, he is effectively benefiting from a cabin with features similar to a narrowbody aircraft, but without the associated cost," says Eric Gillespie, Flying Colours director and project manager for the conversion.
Dynamic duo: Eric (left) and Sean Gillespie